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Introducing SaxonScript Professional, 1 " the most powerful and sophisticated PostScript interpreter 
available on the commercial market. It's like turning your dot matrix, ink-jet or laser printer into a 
full fledged PostScript printer, with the added flexibility of being able to edit and manipulate 
individual files! On printers equipped with resolutions of 300 dpi or more, the output quality of 
SaxonScript Professional actual!} exceeds that of 300 dpi Adobe PostScript laser printers! 
Halftoned areas in particular, are consistently sharper, more detailed and feature better transitions 
between various levels of grey than comparable images produced by using PostScript. 

PostScript Output at 300 dpi SaxonScript Output at 300 dpi 





When, pixel vaJuts cannot be reproduced exact Iv, PostScript 
renders the affected pixels in the closest darker shade 
available at Oh given screen density. Sttbtte details are 
inevitably tost as a rexuli. PosfScript fialftunes also tend to 
have ■ grainy appeatan.ee because of PostScript's inability to 
produce irregutarh shaped haJI'tojie culls 



PostScript's approach to 
halftoning limits, the 
maximum number of pos- 
sibic greys to a func- 
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and screen frequency. 
At lower resolutions, this, 
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of very vhibJc bands of 
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overall quality of printed 
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FONT CONVERSION UTILITIES 

SaxonScript Professional supports si I PostScript 
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IMAGE CONVERSION UTILITIES 

Convert your PostScript files into IFF, EPS, or DR2D 
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PRINTING UTILITIES 

Preview litiotronic files for potentially costly errors 
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Because Saxon Script's algorithms intelligently switch 
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accurately reproduced, Notice the greater detail found in this 
image. SaxatScript's images ate also sharper and crisper than 
comparable PostScript images because of the program's 
unique ability to create irregular halftone cells. 



Our unique approach to 

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which can be printed. 
Consequently, no banding 
is visible in areas con- 
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This permits smoother 
transitions and enhances 
the overall quality of 
printed images, 



accurate colour proofs on screen. Using the included 
moire testing program, you can also test screen 
angles and densities for visible artifacts before 
printing! After verification, SaxonScript'x proprietary 
compression algorithms can be used to compress your 
PostScript files into a more compact PostScripi format 
for faster, i.e^ much less expensive output. 

SaxonScript Professional is available at your 
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THE FIRST of the next generation of 
Amigas using some of the most up-to- 
date technology available will go on 
tile in less than a year, Amiga 
Computing can exclusively reveal. 

Commodore have admitted that 
they have two options under test at 
their secret Pennsylvania development 
plant and an insider says that at least 
one of these will be marketed. They 
centre on two powerful chips which lift 
the computer's speed considerably, 
and there will also be improvements to 
the sound and colour. 

The first of the new Amigas will be 
an upgraded A30Q0 but is is unclear 
whether it will be a replacement or 
another machine. The AiOuO's 6.6010 
processor will be exchanged for the 
faster 6804 r making it up to five times 
faster than the existing model and 20 
times quicker than a standard A500. 

The new version of the top-end 
Amiga will be on sale by next August 
and possibly earlier, Owners of the cur- 
rent A3000 will be able to buy an 
upgrade chip which will plug into the 
separate Central Processing Unit (CPU) 
slot for enhanced processors. Other 
machines in the Amiga family could see 
the processor later, say Commodore. 

The manufacturer has also devel- 
oped an Amiga based on the Reduced 
Instruction Set Chip (RISC). RISC is 
designed to have few instruction com- 
mands, thus enabling it to pass 
through code quickly and increase the 
speed of the computer. The chip was 
designed by Acorn Computers and 
used in their Archimedes, which has 
become popular in education, 

Developers have been slow to 
accept RiSC, although an independent 
expert told us that major players in the 
industry are moving to the chip, includ- 
ing Apple who are set to build a 
Macintosh running from it. 

If developed as a product, RISC will 
be used in all Amigas, says our source, 
and Could be only a year away. But the 
firm is unwilling to discuss its exact 
speciFica Lions. "I can't actually make a 



comment on the RISC-based system at 
the moment, said a spokesperson. 

hie added that the improved sound 
will probably be 16-bit, and a chip set 
due later this year will give a larger 
palette and 256 colours onscreen at 
once, effectively giving a VCA standard 



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display. The RISC and 68040 chips 
could lead to incompatibility problems, 
although RISC would give the biggest 
headache to developers. 

Hut Commodore have guaranteed 
compatibility with existing software, "It 
will run the Amiga operating systorn - 
our policy has always 
been to maintain 
and develop Amiga 
technology, said 
Commodore. 

One way around 
the RISC problem 
would be to include 
a 6B000 processor 
inside the machine. 
Another would be to 
have "very sexy pro- 
gramming" across 
the bus that would 
allow the RISC pro- 
cessor to access the 
Zorro data bus. 



Cheap speed arrives 

A STAFFORDSHIRE distributor is set 
rereos? a cheap cord in a new line 
accelerators. 

The entry^ievet VXL-10 wit! fit into all 
types of Amiga and could goon sale for 
less than E3QQ. Based on the 68010 
enhanced chip set, the Microfloras 
accelerator wHi run al ISMHi. 

it will nor have extra memory but 
accepts an optional 32-bit ram board, 
VXL RAM-32, populated with either two 
or eight megabytes of Fast Page Mode 
ram designed to enable the processor 
fo operate in sis high speed hurst mode. 

A software switch will return control 
to the Amiga's 63000 chip, enabling oil 
software la be compatible with the 
upgraded computer. Available from ZCf. 
(QS4S * I4H7), VXl-SQ wit! probably 
cost £299.99. The price of the ram 
boards has sttH to be fixed. 



Workbench upgrade by Xmas 



THE REDESIGNED Amiga operating sys- 
tem is being burned into rom and wilf 
sale by the end of the year say 
Commodore. An official announce- 
ment ol the release is expected soon. 
Already supplied Dn disk to owners 

01 A3OG0S, Workbench 1 has a new 
appearance, and grey, black, blue and 
while have been substituted lor the 
original colours. 

Other features in versron 1 are 
improved error handling that finds 
software failures before they manage 
serious damage, and quicker floppy 
disk operations as a result of the new 
Fast File System. 

ARexx, CompuGraphic fonts and 
utility software come with Workbench 

2 and the Enhanced Chip Set will also 
he available and fitted by an approved 
service- centre. Users not requiring 
either the Super Agnes or Super Denise 



chip will pay less for the upgrade, it is 
claimed. 

Despite the operating system being 
completely rewritten, incompatibility 
will not be a senous problem, although 
industry experts say very old commer- 
cial programs and some public domain 
software could cause trouble if they 
were not written to Commodore 
guidelines. 

ft will primarily be targeted at 
A20O0 owners and il is unknown 




Amiga iinnirl vril! iaan be ablr rn upgrtrdr 



whether A500 owners will see an 

upgrade. Stateside, Commodore are 
selling one megabyte A5O0s Titled with 
the latest operating system and the 
Enhanced Chip Set in a computer 
known as the A50Q Professional. If the 
A500P were to become a UK product 
then an upgrade would be unlikety. 

Commodore's Andrew Ball told 
Amiga Computing that upgrades will fil- 
ter through to the UK by the end of 
the year but probably not lor the 
A500, although other staff at the firm's 
Maidenhead office said it would be 
"technically possible" to supply chips 
for that model, 

RomS will be supplied with a com- 
prehensive manual, and a price tag of 
between £75 and £100 seems likely. 
Diik-bdsed copies are not expected to 
cost more than £25. Commodore were 
unwilling to confirm pried 



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Slicker Scala 
from Silica 

TOP-SELLING Amiga presentation 
package Scala has had its features. 
expanded for video titling, multi- 
media and presentation produc- 
tion. 

New features found in version 
1.1 of Norway-based Digital 
Vision's program include ARexx 
support, real time anti-aliasing of 
text, brushes and colour fonts and 
continuous credit scolling transi- 
tion. 

Anim real-time buttering will 
load the next animation as the pre- 
vious one is being run, and other 
features include colourfont support, 



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full support for outline fonts under 
Workbench 2.1 and automatic 
remapping of brushes and colour- 
fonts. 

There is also superimpose transi- 
tion, a function to show layout 
boxes, much faster loading and 
automatic popularity buffering 
which Stores many pictures in 
memory for use with interactive 
applications. It has 1 7 high quality 
fonts, S9 backdrops, 52 screen 
wipes and 50 tfexl line wipes. 

"Since Its launch, ScaJa has. 
become Silica's best selling Amiga 
presentation package - outselling 
every other presentation package 
for the Amiga/ said Silica's Andy 
Leaning. 

"The new features give the pack- 
age an improved running speed 
and make presentations slicker and 
more professional." 

The package is compatible with 
all Amiga; and costs £264,33, 
Users of the earlier version can 
upgrade far free by returning their 
original disks to Silica Systems 
('081-305- 1111) at 1 to 4 The 
Mews, Hatherley Road, Sidcup, 
Kent DA1 4 4DX. 



Dealers to give multimedia advice 



AMIGA buyers will be able to get more 
advice from dealers about the com- 
puter's multimedia talents, thanks to a 
new nationwide network of multime- 
dia centres being set Lip by 
Commodore, 

All will be in place within three yean 
and the manufacturer intends to open 
at least one every three months, 

Dealers will be invited to undergo 
Commodore training which will 
include courses in sound and graphics, 
presentation, design, gen locking and 
animation. Another part of the training 
will be with distance learning pack- 
ages. 

Said Commodore's national sales 
director Terry Cooke: "Commodore is 



the only supplier to operate in all mar- 
ket sectors of this fast growing market. 
Our figures project market growth of 
72 per cent per annum over the next 
four years. 

"Our aim is to marry our expertise 
with Amiga technology, which eflists 
with certain dealers right now, with our 
own commercial marketing experience 
and the expertise of the individual com- 
ponents of the multimedia mix. 

"Multimedia is an added-value mar- 
ket that many dealers are keen to enter 
- we have made that transition easier. 
We realise it is not about a single tech- 
nology but about applying solutions to 
needs and that's what the training 
achieves." 




Cnmmndore's technical director Harry Thutitort 
orwwvircerf thai the Suit wilt be "mur/ting with 
aH key deaitn to get multimedia idutlam m 
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Pilots get learning aid 

AMIGA owners will soon be flying high with two versions of a 

realistic flight simulator featuring three types of light aircraft 
just announced by Bristol-based Ft C Simulations (0272 
550900). 

Under development by Digital Aviation, Light Aircraft 
Simulator will offer everything from basic training to aerobat- 
ics. Airfields throughout southern: England will be represented 
in faithful detail. 

Flights in a single-propellered Cessna 150 or two models of 
the Chipmunk, a favourite Royal Air Force training plane, can 
be taken to 100 destinations within the UK. Software will be 
supplied with a comprehensive manual to include navigation 
maps. 

R C Simulations chairman Bob Sidwick says the programs 
will give an ideal environment for practising flight instrument 
appreciation and general navigation techniques including 
visual and radio navigation approach procedures. 

The simulator was designed to aid in the training of private 
pilots and should be on sale by the end of December. 

The visual only version will cost £49.95 and the instrument 
flying version £90. 



Typesetting system 
enters UK 

A PROFESSIONAL Amiga typesetting system has been offi- 
cially released in the UK by Industrial Might and Logic 
(0273 621 393) and at the same time has received an 
update. 

AmigaTEX enables interprocess communication with 
other programs using ARexx and includes equations and 
tables, as well as a document size determined only by the 
size of the hard disk. New features found in version 3.1 1 
include full PostScript and graphics support onscreen and 
to supported pnnters, and AmigaDOS 2 compatibility, 

PostScript fonts from various sources, including nearly 
all structured drawing packages, can be scaled, slanted 
and stretched to any degree and graphics can be inte- 
grated into AmigaTEX. documents and appear onscreen 
exactly as they will be printed. 

It sells for £140, and a free demonstration disk is avail- 
able by writing to the firm at 58 Cobden Road, Brighton 
BN2 2T|. 




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A CLEVELAND man who has formed an 
Amiga public domain library, which he 
says will encourage users to decide how 
they want it to serve them, is giving disks 
away Free. 

Paul Failes, 21, started full time work 
on Neural Images PD (0429 263508) 
after owning an Amiga for more than a 
year and recently being made redundant 
from an accounts fob at Rolls Royce. 

Paul says he wanted to run a library 
but kept his Amiga as a hobby until he 
lost his job, when he had the time 
needed to start the business. As part of 
an opening promotional campaign 
Neural Images will supply any disk from a 
catalogue of ISO free until the end of 
September. 

By including a questionnaire with the 
catalogue he hopes to be able to cany 
out market research into what his cus- 



tomers want. All models of the Amiga ftwJ waiting tor a fiuod at dhtr unitn. 




will be catered for and as part of the 
library's policy of being user friendly, 
programs requiring more than half a 
megabyte of memory will be pub- 
lished in a different section of their 
catalogue. 

Orders will be dispatched the same 
day ^nd before each disk is sent it will 
I be checked to ensure it works and is 
virus free, Arter September, eac>i disk 
will COst 99 pence plus postage and 
packing. 

Although many small Amiga 
libraries have been forced to close in 
the last year, Paul thinks there is 
enough space for Neural Images to 
move in. "By offering a good service 
at low prices there is room in the mar- 
ket Tor the library. It will be speedy 
but not at the expense of quality and 
I want Amiga people to tell me what 
they want," he said. 



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'pricing Commodore bosses for axing their new 
I returns policy within days of it taking effect. The 
taken when dealers threatened to cripple the 
Ungas by dropping it in favour of rival machines. 
My 1, dead on arrival (DOA) products had to be 
to Commodore's National Repair Centre at the 
'i expense and they were told tbey would have to wait 
w up to 1 4 days for replacement machines. 

firaa retailers claimed that when the new poky was 
Medueed the Amiga failure rate leaped much higher than 
«• normal eight per cent and it took longer than two weeks 
tar r** computers to be received. 

Despite a half per cent increase in their margins under the 
poky dealers claimed they were 
losing money and could not 
■fiord to continue stocking the 
frm's products. 

Iilks between Commodore 
and dealer body NASCR (The 
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Computer Retailers) resulted in 
the policy being reversed and dis- 
tnbutors taking back the responsi- 
bility of handling DOA micros. 

The returns policy will practi- 
cally revert back to the way it 
used to be - the only minor 
change is if a dealer finds short- 
ages in the box,' said NA5CR 
chairman Clive Bishop. "Where it 
was the responsibility of the dis- 



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Percentage 
of dealers 


1 


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3 
4 


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Sega Master System 
Commodore 64 


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72 
70 


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Atari Lynx 
Nintendo Entertainment 


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triputor to replace those shortages it will now be 
Commodore's direct. 

"Commodore made a statement at a distributors' meeting 

prior to its announcement that if there was major adverse 
reaction from the trade they would be quick to react and back 
down. 

"On that basis that is correct, they've done that and I com? 
mend them. The mere fact that they overreacted in the first 
place is water under the bridge now, There will be a major 
sigh of relief across the UK." 

Commodore say distributors must now be much more 
responsible and operate to DOA guidelines to avoid abuse of 
the system. A spokesman said that for bona fide dealers the 

policy remains the same as it 
used to be. 

Meanwhile, an indepen- 
dent survey has found the 
Amiga to be the country's 
most stocked leisure com- 
puter, with the A500 available 
at more than eight out of 1 
outlets. 

In second and third place 
in the Compuier Trade Weekly 
survey were Sega's Megadrive 
and MasterSystem, both sold 
by more than 70 per cent of 
dealers. En fourth place was 
the C64 at 70 per cent, and in 
fifth was the Atari ST, an sale 
at 65 per cent of outlets. 



RAF take off 
with ProFlight 

VISITORS to this year s Royal 
Tournament had the opportu- 
nity to take to the sky in one of 
the RAF's most advanced front 
line fighter planes thanks to an 
A3OO0 and a leading flight simu- 
lation program. 

An organiser of the promo- 
tional show at Eartls Court sta- 
tioned at an RAF Henluw 
suggested that HiSoft's 
ProFlight program could be 
demonstrated at this year's two 
and a half week event. 

A special version was pro- 
grammed which enabled the 
pilots la follow missiles, and to 
add reality users sat Inside the 
cockpit of a real |aguar aircraft, 
Movement was controlled using 
the new ft C Simulations Gravis 
Stick yoke. 

The display was projected on 
to a w^ll-sized screen outside 
and a navigator sitting nearby 
acted as co-pilot, taking instruc 
lions through a headset for any- 
thing other than the Tornado's 
movement from the budding 
pilots. 

Prince William and Prince 
Harry were among the visitors 
taking a trip up to Math 2. 



Diamond open in London 

ONE of the country's largest Amiga dealers are set to open the doors of their first 
central London showroom. 

Southampton-based Diamond Computers (0703 212777) are to have their 
Tottenham Court Road premises officially opened by a celebrity and have promised 
to devote an entire floor to the Amiga . 

Called Amiga Wodd it will have a range of hardware and software products and 
will be backed up by a second floor of general computer peripherals such as printers 
and modems. 

Marketing manager |onathen Shiriow said his firm chose thai specific London 
road because it is the Mecca of the computing world. He said it will offer quality 
products and a pleasant shopping environment without high prices. 

The London showroom will open six days a week between 3am and 6pm and can 
be telephoned on 071-453 0434- 



A Star 
is born 

A SUCCESSOR has been 

announced for Star Micronics' 
(0494 471111) ageing LC-10 
dot matrix printer. The new 
entry level 9-pin model is tar- 
geted at home and small busi- 
ness users. 

The LC-20 has a draft pnnt 
speed of ISO characters per 
second and has eight near-let- 
ter quality fonts including ital- 
ics. Other features include a 4K buffer push tractor feed with short form tear off, 
paper parkinq and Epson and (8M emulation. 

A Star spokesperson described the printer as robust and said its looks are in keep- 
ing with current design trends. It has an RRP of £233,83, 

A new range of colour printers has also been released by the giant for professional 
users. The four machines in the Pro-to-Col series are mixed between 9 and 24-pm 
models and cost between £399 and £599. 




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Video to run 
on Amiga 

ANOTHER multimedia program head- 
ing for the Amiga is Super Video 
Amiga, a solderless plug-in boaid thai 
will enable live television or video to 
be watched through a monitor and 
grabbed lor use in other applications. 

The display will be a digital 24-bit 
image and there will be controls for 
volume, balance, bass and treble. The 
image is shown wilhin a window 
which can be made any slje on the 
screen and allows a graphic or text 
overlay, 

Frames can be frozen and saved 
in common file formats for use in 
' aliens such as desktop publish- 
ing or sent by modem to another 
machine, It will require at least 
two megabytes of memory and is 
hoped to be priced at less than 
£500. Contact SAI Technologies on 
08 1-566 6677 



Show off! 

IMAP EXHIBITIONS (071 -404 4844) made 
the shock decision to lock the public ewf or 
ffrrs year's European Computer Enter- 
tainment Show less than a month before it 
a lobe run, from September S to 8. 

EMAP's sales manager Ken Oosland rrJd 
Amiga Computing that the show has been 
relaunched os □ rrade-wity snow because 
the trade side of it was proving far stronger 
titan the consumer side. 

Radio annoutncfmenrs on a London itff- 
Jion and advertisements in the computer 
press mtt beg people nor to go to Earls 
Court for the four days. IMAP soys more 
compevwes are now planning to attend. 

Among the exhibitor! are Commodore, 
who soy they are now re-thinking their 
strategy for the show. "It's a %hame that 
Of $ hasn 't happened because it has always 
been a snow to promote our products but it 
wiS place a great deat more importance on 
the Commodore Show,' said Commodore's 
Andrew Bali. 



Printer winner 

THE WINNER of the Amiga Corn 
pullng competition at the 4th 
International 16 bit Computer 
Show was Mr Ryder of Palmer's 
Green, London. A Panasonic KX- 
P1124i dot matrix printer is with 
him and working hard already. 



WHAT'S 




Monitor takes off 

AS PART of a promotional campaign 
Philips (081 68f> 444-4) are bundling 
Micreprose's (light stioot-'em-up, F-1 9 
Stealth Fighter, with their CM8S33/II 
colour monitor. 

Buyers alio have the opportunity to 
enter a com petition to win one of J3 
flights at the controls of a Boeing 717 
simulator. Three winners will have lunch 
at a top country manor hotel, with heli- 
copter transfers to and from the 
Britannia Airways simulator at Luton 
Airport. Competitions will be held dur- 
ing October, November and December, 

A Philips spokeswoman said F-19 was 
chosen after looking at quite a few soft- 
ware packages and finding that flight 
simulators were popular and broad- 
ranging, Microprose were the specialist 
in that market she said. 

The bundle costs. £269. 



Gasteiner 
goes cordless 

A CORDLESS memory upgrade and 
mouse are among a line up of new 
products set to be added to the 
Gasteiner Technologies {031-365 
1 151) range. 

The Alfadata memory expansion has 
a fitting for inside the computer and 
communicates "like remote control" 
with the extra memory which can be 
put nearby, in places such as a desk 
drawer. 

The price of the four megabytes of 
memory has still to be fixed and it is 
due on sale by October. 

Mega Mouse is an optical rodent 
with a resolution of 300 dots per inch. 
Supplied with a solid pad and mouse 
holder it has a two year guarantee. It 
boasts a tracking speed of $00 millime- 
tres a second, an ergonomic design 
and three microswitch buttons. No 
price has been set but it is to be avail- 
able soon, 

A new gimmicky pointing device is 
due far a Christmas release from the 
tondon-based distributor. 

Crystal Trackball will operate like a 
normal trackball but whenever one of 
its three buttons is pressed the unit iNu- 
minates, its colour determined by 
which button is used. Gasteiner say it 
will probably tell for 119,95. 



Cologne gets world's best show? 

AN EVENT being flagged ai the world's greatest Amiga show Is to be held in 
Cologne, Germany at the beginning of November. 

The organisers promise that four halls of the Koln Messe will be packed with more 
than 2GQ exhibitors from across the world for the show. Amiga 91 's doors open on 
October 31 for trade and press visitors, and the following three days will be available 
for anyone interested in the Amiga. 

Each hall Will have & Special theme. Hall 5 will contain professional hardware and 
software, Hall 6 will be devoted to hardware, entertainment will be featured in Hall 7 
and for those interested in public domain, music and mail order, Hall & is a must. 

There will be an exhibition of computer art, where visitors interested in graphics 
and art will be able to view the graphics capability of the computer and beginners' 
workshops and master classes. 

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A NEW virus called Saddam threatening to ruin thousands of Amiga disks is almost 
invisible to virus checkers. 

Writing itself to the disk-validator file in tire L directory it is disguised by being the 
same byte size as the validator and will prevent commercial games and other soft- 
ware from running. 

Infected disks are unable to auto-boot because code is forced into the first line of 
the start-up sequence and it is also suspected of causing read and write errors. Unlike 
most viruses, Saddam enters the Amiga's; memory whenever an infected disk is put 
into the drive and does not wail for it lo be read. 

Amiga Compiling's technical expert, Stevie Kennedy, put the virus under the 
microscope, "We First spotted the virus after looking through a batch of PD disks'*, 
he said. "KDVIIl's 30 second vector checker started to go bananas, so we examined 
the section of memory it reported as suspicious. A wad of code was found with the 
word $addam firmly embedded in it, 

"As far as we know, the virus will completely destroy the infected disk when acti- 
vated, though the circumstances under which it will pop into life remain unclear, 
The only way to detect Saddam is to have a virus killer which carries out continuous 
vector checks. 

"If readers already have KOVM, which we gave away on the March CoverDisk, 
they should be able to spot the virus before it spreads any further, but the best way 
to deal with it is with version 5.23 of John Vcldthuis's Virus Checker". 

The program recognises the virus in action and comes with a new program called 
FixSaddam, which rescues damaged data blocks from a disk infected with the virus. 

Data tram destroyed disks will not be repaired but if you are using Virus Checker 
or KDVW you should have enough advance warning of Saddam's presence to be able 
to disinfect the disk before it is irreparably damaged, 

Headers should be able to pick up a copy of Virus Checker from one of the better 
PD libraries but we may include it on a future CoverDisk. 




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Systems (08T-3Q9 1111) and Great 
Valley Products to make Silica the offi- 
cial UK distributor of the American 
giant's Amiga peripherals. 

The world's largest third party sup- 
plier of Amiga hardware, CVP's range 
includes hard disk drives, cards and 
accelerators and caters tor owners of all 
Amigas. 

Among the products are a 52 
megabyte AS 00 hard drive and ram 
upgrade selling for £599, and ^n 
A2000 hard card and ram upgrade 
with various capacity hard disks and 
ram siies with pnees starting at £199 
for the interface. 

This arrangement means we have 



access to the best Amiga hard disks, 
accelerators and cards - GVP's Amiga 
peripherals are unrivalled", said Silica 
spokesman Andy Leaning. 

"The joining of the two companies 
will give UK Amiga users access to 
unmatched products and support. You 
can now buy the very best products, 
safe in the knowledge that you are 
assured of the best in support and 
assistance". 

Leaning also hinted that under the 
deal Silica will be responsible for han- 
dling American firm Lake Forest Logic's 
products, who were recently taken over 
by GVP, Great Valley adopted Lake 
Forest's range which includes The Disk 
Mechanic, ADAPT and Macro Paint, 




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With Commodore's exciting new 1500 pack you 
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The Amiga 1500 is the ultimate PC for all the 
family, bringing the world of computers into your 
home Ease of use is designed into ail Amiga's 

award winning technology and to make it e\ en 
simpler the 15(X) comes with its own straight- 
forward guide , Get the Most out of your Amiga' . 

To help you do just that you also get six software 
packages encompassing business, design, 
education and leisure. You can monitor your 
finances with the Digit a Home Accounts' 
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with the sophisticated Deluxe Paint IfT . And for 
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Amiga dealer Evesham Micros (0386 

them in a bid to raise £10.000 for this 
in Need charity event. 

Marathon will offer customers the 

win an A5QQ with a colour monitor and the 

aho receive an Atari Lynx hand-held games 

>i#ooni, each costing £1, will be launched from 
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wW announce which balloon travelled furthest to 
me the winner. The firm are taking donations at any 
of their showrooms or by telephone. A few weeks after 
the v*tei started Evesham boss Richard Austin said they 
■w er e likely to overtake their initial aims. 

Amiga Computing and other Europress Publications are 
supporting the Evesham Micros event. A free advertise- 
ment will promote the campaign in the November issue of 
the magazine. 

Organiser, Richard Hicks, told Amiga Computing; "We 
are confident of getting a good response and hope to add 
In the excitement and tun in cnir region". 

Printers go two-tier 

PRINTER owners with both laser and dot matrix models will have Space prob- 
lems cured with a new development from Rescel. The Two-Tier Printer Stand 
ids the two types of printer at once and is available for £133 from Action 
Computet Supplies (0800 111 333) 




Ideal for computers CDTV move 



THE ORGANISERS of next year's Ideal 
Home Exhibition are to devote a sec- 
tion of the show to home computing. 
The Ideal Home Computing Show is a 
new feature of the event and will be 
held during the last weekend of the 
exhibition. 

A spokeswoman said: "With mare 
and more people working from home, 
the home computer has become a 
necessity. 

The 1992 Ideal Home Computing 
Exhibition will be held at Earls Court 
from Apnl 2 to S r and will be open until 
Spm daily. 

Public gets a show 

SOON after the EMAP announcement 
that this year's CE5 had becom-e trade 
only, details of a new retail show 
became available. The Computer 
Market Show will be aimed at com- 
puter users shopping for computers, 
software and consumables at low 
prices. 

Show director Andrew Cooke said: 
"There is going to be a superb range of 
exhibitors showing the latest software 
and PCs. 

The venue for the three day show is 
Birmingham's Rex Centre (021-773 
9090), near Birmingham's New Street 
Station, It will be open from 10am until 
6pm on October 11 and 12, and 10am 
until Spm on October 1 3. 



CDTV OWNERS should soon find 
software using the machine's full 
potential following Commodore's 
appointment of multimedia pioneer 
Jim Mackonochie as general manager 
of CDTV development in Europe. 

HIs main rote will be to aid CDTV 
publishers and developers in 
European markets and will foster 
development in education, leisure 
and business applications. 

Macfconochie had been working 
for the Maidenhead-based computer 
giant as a multimedia consultant 
since early last year and was a key 
player on the CDTV project team. 

Stephen franklin, managing direc- 
tor of Commodore, said: "|im 
Mackonochie is one of the UK's lead- 
ing experts in multimedia and we are 
very glad to have him at 
Commodore". 

Jim Mackonochie; "I've long 
believed that CD technology was 
going to have a profound impact It is 
clear that with CDTV this is now a 
reality". 



AddXtra from 
number one dealer 

MIDLANDS-based dealer Centresoft 
(021-625 3388) have been voted the 
number one software distributor in a 
recent survey by trade newspaper 
Computer Trade Weekly and have 
announced new Amiga peripherals. 

The AddXtra range will be made up 
oi several new types Df product. A disk 
drive anti-click device designed to 
remove drive noise will sell f or less than 
£10. 

There Will also be what the firm 
describes as a fun mouse which will 
switch between Amiga and Atari ST 
operation, a rom switcher to change 
Amiga 1.3 software to 1.2 and vice 
versa, and stereo headphones and an 
adaptor for plugging into the serial port 

Also imminent is an Amiga joystick 
and mouse switcher containing three 
pa rts for operation of two joysticks and 
a mouse. Half megabyte ram upgrades 
are available with or without a clock 
and the games Champions of Krynn or 
Kick Off 2, A 1.5 megabyte upgrade 
including dock is also available. 

Managing director Richard Steele; 
"Centresoft intend that the AddXtra 
range of products will fast become the 
standard accessory tor all different types 
of playing machine. 

"Our aim is that AddXtra will stand 
for quality, value for money and power 
packed with extra value*. 



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WarwerHortmrfcrafWoft Westminster. 

14 September Ittl 

Venat: National Motorcycle Museum, 

Satihult 

22 September 1991 

Venue; CityHaH, Candttfiggt, Glasgow 

6 October 1991 

Venue: Bwnef Centre, Bristol Gtf ittrtiDr?, 

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and heaps of public domain software. 

5 to B September 1991 

Computer Frpf<riowimenf Show 

Organiyer fMAP 

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NOW A TRADE-ONLf EVtNT. 

5 to 8 December 1991 

Computer Shopper Show 
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Venue; Wembky ExhMkm HaHs 

An opportunity to buy some bargains 

before Christmas. It's expected to be 

visited by more than 50,000 people 

7 to 9 February 1991 
Stft Intemetiwtii IS-Wf Computer Shaw 
Qniaflixr. VMnrminjlar fixhdjititans 
($61-5491444} 

Venue fJovote) Holei. Hammersmith 
The first post-Christmas Amiga shew. 
Expect plenty of bargains. 

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20 to 22 September 1991 

Amiga World Btntlan 

Orosrtrjet Int&f spa k Medio HoUond 

(01011 040528191) 

Venue: Fair Building, findhoven, The 

Netherlands 

Much to be seen, Including the C0TV 

and i 3D U«r jhow staged with the help 

of an Amiga. 

1 to 3 November 1991 

Amiga 91 Koto 

Organiser. Ami Shorn Europe GmbH 

(MQ49M224m) 

IfeHM! ftufa/oanti, Cnfogrw, Germany 

The lecond major German show ol the 

year is likely to attract more than 200 

exhibitors, 

• If your company is organising a show 
relevant to the Amiga: and it's not listed, 
let us know so we can indude the infor- 
mation in the diary. 






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Report by Denny Atkin 



Commodore lay-offs 



It was the most upbeat time' for the 
Amiga, in recent memory. Commo- 
dore's Power Up program - which 
offered discount* of more than Si, COO 
on the Amiga 3000 to anyone who 
could produce a manual cover and 
serial number from any Commodore 
machine, from the Pet to the A250O - 
was a massive success. 

Power Up had Amiga 3000s back- 
ordered in the thousands. Mean- 
while, NewTefc's Video Toaster was 
quickly malting the Amiga 2000 a 
de rigeut choke for video professionals 
and hobbyists - * professional 
market was finally taking the Amiga 
seriously. 

And more games were pouring out 
for the A5O0 than ever before. In gen- 
eral, most of the professionals in the 
Amiga market seemed quite happy. 

Until Black Wednesday, that Is. At 
about midday on July 31, Commodore 
notified a number of employees in their 
research and development department 
that they were being laid off. At least sev- 
eral people directly involved with Amiga 
development were let go. 

Although actual numbers couldn't 



be confirmed at press-time, sources 
within Commodore said that about 12 
people involved with R&D had gone. 

Perhaps the most significant lay-off 
was in Commodore's UNIX fwfcD group. 
The group had just finished the 2.0 
release of Amiga UNIX, and were set to 
begin working on version 2.1, which wil 
be compliant with the new ABI standard. 

Now, only one person remains work- 
ing on UNIX 2.1. Two others were 
transferred to Amiga development, and 
the rest were made redundant. It seems 
as if they're giving up on UNIX without 
giving it a reasonable chance to 
become profitable. 

Online panic 

When word of the lay-offs leaked to the 

online telecommunications networks, 
you'd think Commodore had 
announced that they were discontinu- 
ing the Amiga. 

Users and developers alike justifiably 
wondered about Commodore's com- 
mitment - and common sense - when 
the company cut back the already small 
Amiga development team. While the 



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More found in 2.4 

According to reports tram developers who have received final disks and roms for 
product testing, there's a little more in Workbench 2.04 than many had expected, 
It seems that Commodore did get their outline font technology Completed in 
time tor release. One of the disks that will be included in the 2.04 Enhancer pack- 
age will contain a special outline-capable diskfont library, three scalable 
Conipugraphic fonts, and a utility called Fountain that will enable you to create 
bitmapped lonts from the outlines, and convert Cold Disk's Compugraphic font 
disks tor Professional Page so the) can be used with AmigaDOS. 

The outline fonts can be scaled to any size and will still maintain a smooth, 

i: _ professional 
appearance. 
Amiga DOS 2,04 
will also scale 
standard bitmap 
fonts, but they 
appear chunky if 
they're enlarged 
too much. 



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cutbacks are disturbing - most compa- 
nies Commodore's size have much 
larger R&D budgets and development 
groups - it's not time to panic, 

There are still more people working 
on Amiga software and hardware devel- 
opment than there were in the Amiga's 
early years, and rumour has it that 
Andy Finkel may have gone to work 
with the CDTV development group. 

While 85 per cent of Commodore's 
sales are in Europe, its disturbing to see 
these R&D cutbacks in the USA., since 
operating system and hardware devel- 
opment for all of Commodore's Amiga 
markets is done here. 

The company may be looking for 
quick ways to make the bottom line 
look better, but you'd think that by 
now Commodore would have figured 
out that the long term is extremely 
important in the computer industry. 

If they're still trying to sell the same 
old Amiga 500 and 2000 models a year 
or two from now, while everyone else is 
putting in R&D money to create better, 
faster, more graphically exciting com- 
puters, the company will be in deep 
trouble. 

Profits up 

When Commodore released their (heal 
year !99f earwigs reports:, Irving Gould 
was quoted as laying *Sn the coming fa- 
tal year, we will redoubts our efforts to 
expand and enhance our line of products, 
pursue new market opportunities, and 
ggjn further operating efficiencies world- 
wide". We can only hope thai the third 
goal doesn't overwhelm the first. 

Commodore recently reported thai 
their earnings were up for the fiscal year 
ending }une 30, 1991, with earnings of 
157-4 million on an income of SI, 047.2 
million, in companion, FT? 990 saw earn- 
ings of 1 1. .5 million on scfes of $887.3 
million. 

Former Commodore US chief executive 
officer jock Ratligon look home a 19.2 
million chunk of those JTf 99 I eorningi, 
thanks to his settlement with Commodore 
for a breach-of-contract suit i^nen he WQi 
fired a few yean hack. 



Visual 
impact 

There weren't many new products 
introduced at the recent AmiExpo 

show in Orlando, Florida 

The most exciting new product on 
display at the show was GVP's new 
Impact Vision 24 graphics card. At 
(2,199 retail, this is a card for only 
the serious graphics alicionado. 
However, if you're in the market for a 
24-bit graphics card, it's hard to 
imagine one with more options 

Both PAL and NT5C versions ol 
the board are available. Impacl 
Vision is the first card that pkigs into 
the in-line Zorro III and Video slots in 
the Amiga WOO; if you're installing it 
in an Amiga 2000, you must install it 
in a Zorro slot dud run <i cable over 
Id the video slot. 

The frame buffer display supports 
a 16-million colour display with full 
vidua overscan (768 x 62 5 in PAL 
mode), and is software switrhable 
between PAL and NT5C There's also 
a double-buffered 12-bit 40%-toksur 
display mode suitable For animation. 

Impacl Vision's neatest feature is 
its built-in de-interlaeer. Used with a 
VGA monitor. Impact Wsion de-inter- 
laces not only its own display, but all 
standard Amiga modes as well. At 
the 1 moment, it's the only display 
enhancer for the Amiga thai sup- 
ports de-inte laced output. 

Other Impact Vision features 
include: a real-time 24-bil RGB frame 
grabber that can freeze video or grab 
a single frame in t/30th of a second; 
Piclure-ln-PkUire, which allows you 
to view .1 live RGB video source 
window, surrounded by 24-bit 
qraphics; both composite and RGfi 
output in PAL and NT5C, and com- 
posite and RGB genlocking, 

It's bundled with Macro Paint- 
FVA, a 24-bit painL program; 
Caligari-PVA, a special single-light- 
source version of the 3D rendering 
program; and Scala-PVA lor video 
titling. 

Depending on your video needs, 
the Impact Vision IA board may be 
reason enough to stop waiting for 
NewTek to release a PAL version of 
the Video Toaster. 

Inovatronics introduced Directory 
Opus 3.0, a commercial vefsion of 
lonalhan Potter's shareware directory 
utility- 

DeluvePaint IV was shown publicly 
for the first time, and the crowd was 
suitably wowed. New Horizons 
showed off DesignWorks, their new 
structured drawing program, and 
Cryogenic Software introduced the 
new 2.0 version ol their 3D profes- 
sional modelling packages, 

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these products as they're released for 



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Though not a pratfem on the scale ot 
the professional duplicators running lul 
scale piracy orations, the actwilissot 

"crackers" have tome to worry solt- 
ware houses a great deal. Working >n 

groups, and sometime* Rilling with 
other* on bulletin boards in Europe and 

overseas, crackers ate often experts hi 
software protection touting and How 
t.o break into, or "ciaA" them. 

They compete with each other as to 

who tan track a game the fastest, the 

current record belonging to whoever 

uploaded Psygnosi*' Lemmings to a 

popular bulletin board before It was 

released to the public. 

This sort ot competition- *h° u 9 h 

very much of the -mine's bigget than 

yours" school spells trouble tor the 

game in question because it is only a 

matter of time before a version of it 

appears which has absolutely no pro- 

tecuon whatsoever, 

When this happens, all the man-years 

of coding and development time which 
went into the game is wasted, and the 
company in question starts to lose sales. 
We spoke to an anonymous member 
of the pirate community - he baulked a 
little at the term "thief, but then the 
truth hurts, doesn't it? This man is a 



jell-confessed "OttW «■ * ver 20 ° 
commercial games. 

We asked him how, if at all possible, 
he justified his activities, and his 
answers go some way towards explain- 
ing the mentality of the people who 
plaque the leisure software industry. 

We'll call him Cotpurse, because he 
was a little shy when asked his real 
name, and, well, he sounded M* he 
should be called Cutpurse: 



When did you "track" your first game, 
and what made you attempt it? 

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art right into machine code, I fifcd to 
mew o*wt with *>*« am* stuff [0 ^ 
out the cheoli, so I g* «J» cton 9'^ the 
game code after a while' 
And was this on an Amiga? 
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on Amiga W three yean ago. The taOjf 
gomes were dead msy." 
How d'you mean, "dead easy ? ^ 
"They were hardly protected at alt. 
And have they become not so "dead 
easy" over the last three years? 

"Yeah, some ore a real »" w era* 
but that's whet makei it so much fun. 

But did you realise you were break- 
ing the law? (At this point Cutpurse 



became a little animated and his replies 
have had to be edited,) 

"Yeah but I onrV ever flo« ca P iei tfl 
m^ mrjf«, We hod a sort of compete 
to tee who could cradt a new 9°™ lne 
fastest. We never sold them." 
Did you circulate these copies? 
-T-oume^^pois'riemoroun^ 
V^h Ute I sord, we just traced meni, 
nut our tandteJ fn them, and sent «h*n 
to piss off o*» "ocJfwg crews who 
jiodnt busted rtegonwcPt." 

What do you think became of the 
cracked copies? 

"Dunw. J never pJo^ « 9°™ orK * " i 
been cracked. " 

What il ^u found out a professional 
piracy outfit was using a game, craved 
by you, and selling hundreds oi them 

for profit? , . -,« 

•J'd scrp 'Where's my commimonf 
Cutpurse toughed heartily ot his bon mot, 
Am continued. "Sertoudv, though,. J 
JMw there's a few of my cracked gomes 
around on buftetin boords ond what hove 
^ u >twhm other p^pte do *ith them 

is their business. " 

What if we said you could be prose- 
tuted as a thief? (Cutpurse's reply con- 
sisted mostly of unprintable 
comments.) 



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Knaves 



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thieves 



Only if you follow the writings 
of the German philosopher 
Leibnitz, who believed Cod 
had treated "the best of all possible 
worlds", could you summon enough 
optimism to assume that the thieves of 
this world would allow a profitable 
opportunity to pass them by. Most of 
us we things through slightly less rose- 
tinted spectacles. 

In the early 80s, however, and for 
reasons best known to themselves, the 
computer press decided to slap the 
label of "piracy" on the type of theft 
peculiar to microcomputers - software 
theft. The label was a throw-back to the 
days of "pirate" radio stations, such as 
Radio Caroline, so called because they 



Amiga Computing explains why "pirates" 
is too good a word for them 



were based on ships out at sea, and in a 
short space of time it became accepted 
by all. 

It is a complete misnomer. Software 
thieves aren't to be found climbing the 
rigging with swords in their teeth, or 
dashing their way through brave and 
romantic adventures - thus thoroughly 
deserving their rich booty for having 
entertained us all so well in the movies. 
They are simply thieves. 

Have you ever, at school or in work, 
had a real brainwave and found it 



impossible not to share it with a friend 
or colleague, only to find out the next 
day they've presented it to your teacher 
or boss and passed it off as their own 
idea? You have? Then you too have 
been a victim of intellectual theft. 

Imagine for a moment that your liv- 
ing depends on such original ideas and 
you find yourself in the position of a 
software author. Imagine again that 
your mortgage repayments depend on 
the de'iffilopment and packaging of the 
fruits of that idea, and you can then put 



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yourself in the position of almost every- 
one else in the leisure software industry. 
Not a nice feeling, is it? I mean, if 
you caught someone with his or her 
hand in your wallet, would you call that 
person a pirate, or would your exclama- 
tion be rather less romantic? 

Flip a coin 

If we may put on another hat, what 
about the punters: those whose expen- 
diture on leisure software constitutes 
the software companies' profits? From 
their point of view, the piracy issue is 
less clearly defined, 

Bombarded from all sides by peer 
pressures, extremely well considered 




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and cunningly pitched advertising, the 
reviews and recommendations of 
dozens of computer magazines, and 
the soaring price of games software, 
many of our readers may be thinking to 
themselves "what about us?" 

Since the release of Kick Off 2 in 
1989, the consumer has watched the 
average price of a top game soar from 
£20 to £30 and nudge upwards 



towards the £35 mart. In that time we 
are led to believe thai piracy has, if any- 
thing, dropped oti as the industry fights 
back through the Federation Against 
Software Theft [FAST) and the 
European Leisure Software Publishers' 
association (ELSPA). Why the discrep- 
ancy? 

Pay your way 

"We live." we were told by ELSPA's 
Roger Bennet, "in a capitalist society, 
and a product has to pay for itself." In 
other words, the software companies 
have increased the prices of their prod- 
ucts to keep up with inflation and the 
rising costs of developing and market- 



ing a successful game. The market 
economy argument, however, could be 
couched in another way, ft the industry 
is responding to the push and pull of a 

supply and demand system, then the 
very success of professional ptracy oper- 
ations is a clear indication of a ground- 



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swell of demand for cheaper games. 
Why shouldn't software houses reduce 
their prices, thereby reducing the 

demand for illegal software? 

ff only life were so simple! There Is 
no doubt an irrefutable aspect to this 
argument, but in the main it can be 
combated with another piece of simple 
capitalist deduction. 

No matter how cheap a piece of 
software becomes, it will always be pos- 
sible for someone to rip it off and sell it 




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telopmenl costs 
argue, ot course, that 
I products will 
prate versions, but 
ndustrv a disk is a disk 
in the video industry 
[apes are of a dutoi- 
you pirate a game it 
playable as the original. 
Mi eves who can often 
not only of the disks, 
duplications of the manu- 
!he packaging, software 
in a position where they 
compete with pirates. In any 
; Opriion of many industry pun- 
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self-defeating, lending an air ot legiti- 
macy to the pirates and smacking, 
therefore, of moral submission. 

Consumer dilemma 

Where does this leave the end user, 

who might spend up to £100 per 
month on leisure software? The Amiga 
owner with a wallet like a Tardis will be 
able to continue matching the software 
companies' rising prices, hut for the 
rest of us there comes a time when the 
temptations of illegal but more afford- 
able software can be too much to resist. 
At this point, in a perfect worfd, the 
Amiga owner will tighten his or her 
entertainment belt and settle for fewer 













» » *oof to make any copy of any piece of cemmer- 
oM software without hiving first obtained the writ- 
ten permission cf the parly or parties holding 
the copyright to that software. Not a parti- 
rfy ambiguous position, when you get right 
down to it. 

Vol can't make a copy for another member of the 
farnfly, or one to loan to a friend, or to give away for 
nothing, Yqu can't even make a backup copy for 
yowr own use, despite the belief held by many peo- 
ple that to do so is OK. 

For a good few years now there have existed car- 
- based copying systems designed to break 
through fust about any disk-based copy protection 
and "backup" the protected software to another rjisk. 
Although not sold as aids to piracy they have, 
inevitably, been uied for the wrong purposes by 
SOrne owners. 

FASFs Bob Hay told us he's seen many cases of 
disks copied by people who would not have had the 
expertise to crack rhe protection routines had they 
not been .nakmg illegal (j« of backup cartridges. 

For this reason, and after rumblings in the indus- 
try, many computer magazines including Amiga 
Computing have dropped all advertisements for such 
devices. 

This is yet another example of how the actions of 
a minority of thieves can affect a great many more 
people, from the manufacturer's lost sales, through 
the magazine's lost advertising revenue, to the inno- 
cent users of backup devices. It is a perfect illustration 
of how software theft hits all of us, not fust the devel- 
opers. 



The FAST answer 

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), in exis- 
tence since \ 984, is the computer software industry's 
answer to the threat of piracy. We spoke to FAST's 
chief executive, &ob Hay, and asked him to sum- 
marise the state of play on today's ioftware high 
seas. 

What, we asked, is the most alarming aspect 
about piracy today? 

"There's an international aspect to piracy in this 
country." Bob told us, "in that many so-called crack- 
ing crews are in contact with groups in Europe and 
the USA on a network of dozens or even hundreds of 
pirate bulletin boards." 

LAnd is this your biggest headache? 
"Not just that Distribution is an extremdy efiff icult 



myth exploded 




problem. Swapping and passing programs around is 
one thing, but unless money changes hands we can 
find it difficult to bring action." 
Von mean the sort of swapping carried out by 

schoolboys? 

"Yes, but youngsters who swap illegal software are 
more Df an educational awareness problem. We're 
not in the business of busting kids. ft J s riot an answer 
to criminalise them." 

Who, then, are FAST J s main targets? 

"My target is the professional pirate who is in it for 
a profit - but FAST isn't just about prosecutions. Our 
three aims have always been to prosecute where nec- 
essary, but also to launch education 
and awareness initiatives, and to push 
for legal initiatives." 



Legal steps 

FAST came into being initially 
through the impending amendment 
to the 1556 Copyright Act. While 
the software industry had been 
pushing fgr the sealing of loopholes 
in copyright law and the provision 
of full protection for magnetic 
media-based original material, the 




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hand copy at O Point from ihv man 



Home Office was reluctant to act if it meant placing 
more of a burden on existing law enforcement 
resources. 

When the Home Office insisted the software 
industry make some attempt to self -regulate, FAST 
was conceived as the body to fill the gap. A year after 
its formation in 1584, the Copyright (Computer 
Software) Amendment 1985 received its royal assent 
and computer piracy officially became I crime. 

With legal backing, FAST went into action. 
Prosecutions were slow in coming in the early days, 
as the judicial system adjusted its thinking to take 
computer crime on board, but the number of busts 
has risen considerably since then, 
and Sob told us he now 
sees at least one successful 
prosecution a month. Do 
FAST always get their man? 
"We've only lost one case 
that went to court. 
However, many cases are 
settled out or court." 

FAST is in a position where 
it can negotiate on behalf of 
a member company to secure 
compensation from compa- 
nies or organisations in an 
outHOf<ourt settlement 
This is often the most satis- 
factory way to deal with cases where there was no 
malice or profiteenng intended, such as in a large 
company whose smgle wordprocessor package finds 
its way on to dozens of machines. 

The recent much publicised case of The Yorkshire 

Evening Press, whose offices were raided on 1 2th [ufy 

•'ar, shows how FAST will settle out of court 

when its members' interests tan best be served in 

that way 

After a settlement Bob Hay described as "amica- 
ble", the software companies whose copyright had 
been infringed received suitable compensation. 

However, the first leisure software pirate sent to 
[ail after a FAST prosecution, Andrew Jayes of 
Nottingham, will have plenty of time to reflect on the 
error ot his ways during his three month stretch 
behind bars. 

The prosecution follows a year in which MST 
siezed £2 million of illegal software and made 13 suc- 
cessful prosecutions. 

The message to prospective pirates could hardly 
be written in clearer terms, 



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The budget debate 

When challenged, a great many computer users will use the high price of leisure 
software to justify their Jolly Roger software collection. The argument goes that if 
software publisher* want to wipe out piracy, they should remove the stimulus 
which leads most ordinary users to copy games, 

Bringing down the price of new games id £10 or less would, they claim, lead 
to many more people buying the original games. 

While this argument has at first a certain amount of persuasive force, it take J 
onry a little more examination to show just how implausabte it is as an explana- 
tion for piracy. As Andrew Wright from Virgin Mastertronk: told us, "the only way 
you'll stop games from being pirated is to sell them for less than the price of a 
disk". 

If Virgin Mutertronic, one of the biggest budget software producers, falls prey 
to a high level of piracy, the argument about piracy being related to high prices 
loses much of its credibility. "Our re-released titles suffer most", Andrew 
explained, "especially relatively unprotected stuff like the lofocom games. I've 
often seen these for offer on bulletin boards". 

While it is accurate, then, to say that more people would buy a particular 
game if it was cheaper, It is clearly not the case that fewer people would pirate it. 
Professional pirates are in business to rip off the software industry, Lower official 
prices would simply mean the pirates making slightly less money from their oper- 
ations. 

There's nD denying the fact that some software is more expensive than it 
should be, and that sometimes it seems the copy protection routines receive 
more development 'time than the game itself, but high prices are no justification 
for theft. 




> games. In the real world, however, this 

is a difficult exercise. 

What of the parent with an Amiga- 
crazy child who brings home an obvi- 
ously pirated game, or clamours for 
some of the dodgy looking but cheap 
software on offer at some market stalls? 
The only suggestion we can offer to 
people in this position is to report the 
software thief either to EL SPA Of to 
FAST. Cold comfort, perhaps, but the 
only comfort we can give. 

In the end, it is only through action 
on the part of the responsible Amiga- 
owning community that piracy will be 
tamed in our section of the market. 
Assuming that there will always be a 
demand for cheaper software, the only 
realistic way to break the vicious circle 
of spiralling prices is to cut out the ille- 
gal supply side of the market equation. 

As more and more pirates are put 
out of business, the software industry 
will have to listen to the demands of its 
consumers and cut prices, Once com- 
panies know they can compete again in 
a market virtually free of illegal and 
totally unfair competitors, they will 
have no excuse for continually hiking 
their prices - and that's when we'll see 



m The only way to 
stop people 
pirating a game 
is to sell it for less 
than the price 
of a disk m 

Andrew Wright, Virgin Mastenremic 



whether they really mean what they say 
about piracy. 

Is it a threat to free competition Or a 
convenient excuse? The only people in 
a position to force the issue are yau, 
our readers, so get on those phones 
and shop the thieves to FAST or EL5PA- 
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Though f AST, after a series of 5pec . 
toaifar successes, have received more 
attention in recent months, it WflS 
El SPA who first If! the fire that was to 
become the biasing p iracy debate. 
Their advertisements in the computer 
press, inviting computer users to 
"shop" friends or colre<jg,q« involved 



__j old argument. 
Stirring up controversy, the adver- 



tise to bring piracy to the fore.' Some 
readers founrf the ,** * u. •__ _. .. 



but only one, showing a teacJ>er 
being shopped by his p up if 3r Wa5 
withdrawn because it was thought to 
bo too sweeping a brush with which 
to tar the nation's teachers. 

£ LS PA "aims ai the top half of the 
■*y] iceberg," as Roger Bennet, 
.'s chief executive told us So 
does ELSPA have no time for small 
time pirates? 

"We receive over 100 calls a week, 
and they're afl stored on answer' 
phone. We will respond to alt 
instances where the caller has hard 
evidence and leaves a name and 
address. This information is obviously 
totalfy confidential." 
Hard evidence? 



piracy has decreased over the past 
? year 

1 "There has heen a drop in piracy . 

there'* no doubt our campaign has 

^d a substantial impact, This time last 
year a number one hit would be sell- 
ing to no more than 10 per cent of 
the user base instead of the 50 per 
cent or so you might expect. Piracy 
was to blame for much of the (ost 



So why have gj , me prff es Coniin . 

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was any risk of the software market 

„!I°T 9 a sort 0f " cartei " "*« 

:heir prices at the 
«jr«ne ejse was settling on 
Surely this is ^ much a factor in the 
pricing of games is piracy? 

"I've often criticised the software 
Industry for being sheep-like," he 
explained, 'and following each 
other's lead, but I'd refute any cartel 
view of the industry, it's * competf. 
hve market, and if a qami is duff it 
won't sell. Magazines have a respon- 
ability to point out the duff ones," 

Do you think there could be a 
general drop fn prices with your and 
FAST's successes? 



to follow up what could be a wild 
goose chase, If we're sent a piece of 
pirated software with a receipt from 
the shop or trader who sold it, we 
can act immediately," 
We asked Roger if the level of 



"1 see a drop in prices as a proba- 
bility rather than a possibility, but the 

residual effects of last year's" high lev- 
els of piracy are still being fert. It will 
take time tar price cuts to filter 
through once games start selling to a 
larger proportion of the user base " 

Anally, what of the present situa- 
tion? 

"There are definite signs of 
improvement, but piracy is sl if| 
endemic." 



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■ Iwith lazers 

Lamas 



Long-Um^ computer users, and 
especially those of us who grad- 
uated to the Amiga from the 
Commodore 64, will remember 
Uamasoft as possibly the world's freaki- 
est software houie. Following a deter- 
mined path of sheep, llama, and then 
camel-fixation, |eff and company pro- 
duced such classics as Revenge of the 
Mutant Camels and Sheep in Space, 

After a long silence in the 1 6-bit 
market, Llamasoft are back. Amiga 
owners jealous of their ST-owning bud- 
dies - who've been enjoying Uamalron 
on ST shareware for some months - 
can now partake of rjne of software's 
most fun fetishes. 

The game 

Llamatron is played on a plain black 
square in the centre 
of which appears 
your llama, On 
starting each 
screen, the 
poor llama is 
surrounded by aliens 



which gradually swarm towards it, 
killing the beast on contact. 

The time-honoured objective, there- 
fore, is to blast as many green ies as 
possible before your inevitable demise, 
rescuing all the llamas, sheep, goats, 
and camels on each screen to boost 
your paints total. To accomplish this 
vol, are armed with a laser-equipped 
llama, whose killing power can be aug- 
mented by the collection of power- jps. 



Gameplay 




There are several ways to play 
Llamatron, any one of which can be 
chosen by pushing the joystick in a cer- 
tain direction while at the title screen, 
Pushing forward and back on the stick 
toggles between one and two-player 
mode, and pushing the stick left and 
right selects Solo, Player Plus Droid, Or 
Team mode.. 

This is where it gets complicated! In 
all playing modes, the llama fires con- 
tinuously, so there's nD need to wear 
down your thumb or use auto-fire, In 
standard Dne and two-player modes. 



Imploder 

Author: Albert / Bromer 



Readers of Amiga Computing and users 
ol the CoverDisk should by now be 
familiar with Nico FrantioVj file crunch- 
ing utility, PowerPacker, and the multi- 
coloured Hashing screen or mouse 
pointer associated with its runtime 
decrunch routine. 

What most people may not be aware 
of is the large number of alternatives 
which exist in the cruncher market, not 
least of which is Imploder. The latest 
version, Turbo 3.1, is easily as fast as 
PowerPacker J.O Professional (now a 
commercial product), and in many 
cises will save more space than its bet- 
ter known rival In addition, it is more 
amenable to the absolute Amiga begin- 
ner than PowerPact^r, and assumes lit- 
tle or no knowledge o* the machine, 

The one real drawback with 
Imploder is that it will crunch only exe- 
cutable tiles (ie, runnable programs), so 
if you want to crunch, say, a le*t file 
you will still have to use PowerPacker, 




tven mth a droid to beta, you'll find some screen a bit froptk 




the camel fires in the direction of move- 
ment, but as this necessitates moving 
towards your target, thus endangering 
your life, there are a few tricks available 
to spray death and destruction wher- 
ever you like, 

Those of you with four arms or a 
couple of joysticks firmly anchored to 
the desk, can press fire on the second 
joystick to play the game in a wacky 



mode that simulates the way many 
arcade games play. Using this mode, 
joystick one controls the direction of 
movement, and joystick two directs the 
laser, 

In Player Plus Droid mode, your 
llama is accompanied by a purple blob 
which runs around doing all the violent 
stuff, leaving the player simply to avoid 
contact with the nasties. This mode is 



To run the program, either click on 
its icon or select it using the Short-Cut 
menu system at the top of your disk's 
Workbench screen. The program's 
friendly user interface pops up and 
from hereon in it's plain sailing. 

Let's Implode! 

To start Imploding, click on the large 
Start button or select start from the sin- 
gle pull-down menu. A file requester 
then asks you to select the program 
you want to crunch. For our purposes, 
click on the C: directory, then double- 
click on the Sou net program- 
Sound is an flk program used tu play 
back sound samples and is one Ol the 
few executable files on the disk we 
haven't yet crunched la death. Once 
you've selected the file, Imploder bads 
it into memory and carries out its initial 
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8. This represents the severity ol 
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ners until you get the hang of the 
way the game plays as it represents the 
best helping hand you'll ever get in 
Uamatron. 

Team mode is possibly the most fun, 
ii it enables a second player to join in 



ncnt is often negligible. Click on 
Proceed to start crunching, and the first 

Ihmg you'll notice is the light show on 
the nght-hand iide of the screen. 

"~''i is fust a graphic equal izer-style 
sentatiori Of what's going on 
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ond column is the one to watch. You'll 
*e* the column s-hrink from 100 per 
■nt down to almost 50 per cent as 
I is thoroughly squished. 

Tense and exciting 

For a more exact measure of the 
conch,, watch the percentage running 
"I between the Start and Abort but- 

Maybe it's just me, but I find this a 
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Perhaps the knowledge that if it's not 
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already bulging CoverDisk is what 

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with a camel. The two players share 
common bonuses, a common points 
total, and a common fate, so you'll find 
it easier to get a higher score, but will 
no doubt enjoy the potential for raging 
arguments when your chum gets 
fritzed and loses both of you a life. 

The last, and ultimately the most 
important, technique is what |eff calls 
"locking". This is done by pressing the 
firing button and holding it down, and 
locks the direction of fire in whatever 
direction you were firing when the but- 
ton was first pressed. 

As you progress, you will find this 
technique indispensable, as it is the 
only way of shooting at a greenie with- 
out also moving toward i it. it is a diffi- 
cult lactic to roaster, but with a bit of 
practice you'll soon be locking in and 
out and switching between directions 
of fire very quickly. If not, you'll be 
ctead... 



Power-tips 

Where do I start? There are so many 
different bonuses tD collect in this game 
that to list them all here would be use- 
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ambitious player can afford to miss 

The ubiquitous smart bomb is pre- 
sent in the shape of a large smirking 
tomato which drifts towards the llama 
and explodes on contact, killing all 
greenies onscreen - though not the 
llama. On the first few levels it's best to 
avoid the smart bomb, because prema- 
ture destruction of a level can often 
mean you don't rescue all the sheep 



and so on. On later levels, you'll find 
yourself screaming out for a nice juicy 
tomato and tearing at it like a bat out 
of hell once it actually 
appears. 

The next most 
useful power- 
ups are those 
which affect the 
way your laser fires. > 




How to use The Disk 



First o* all, you must make a back-up copy 
of the cover disk. To do this, boot up with 
your copy of Workbench, then double click 
cm the Workbench disk icon, Followed by 
the Shell or CU icon. Now type: 

DfSfcCOW FROM Dfft TO DFO: 

of, if you have an e*lra diss drive, put a 
blink, formatted disk in Of l : and type: 

DfSRCOPV FROM Dfft TO OF 1 

Follow the onscreen prompts until the 
copying procedure has ended, then put 
your original disk away in a safe place. Now 
Switch off [he machine and wail far JO *K- 
anrfs before re-booting with the copy, Wait 
until the CoverDisk 1 7 icon appears, double 
qSdfc on it and away you go, 

That's all you need do to make a 
straight copy of the entire disk. However, 
you nuy also want to to copy Individual 



program; from your copy of the covwdlsk 
to i separate disk, In this case ensure Itiat 
you Fully understand which related files 
need lo go with it. 

For example, all ol the document files 
on the disk require that the text, editor 
FTmore is in the current disk's C: rJirectnrv. 
Therefore, if you copy the docs to a new 
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the new C directory before you can read 
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Author Craig lafci 



SoundStudio is an excellent utility far 
creating and editing sound samples for 
use in MED, SoundTracker, or 
Noise Tracker clones, or for just messing 
around with. It deals only with mora 
samples as these, besides being much 
more memory-conscious, are best 
suited for use with such sequencers. 

The program is feature- packed but 
easy to use, and will be graphically 

There is one to 
enable 
three -way 
firing, 
whose lifesav- 
ing properties, can- 
not be underestimated, 
and one which makes your shots 
bounce off the walls instead of simply 
disappearing into them. 

The latter is particularly deadly if you 
are forced to retreat into a comer, as by 
firing into it you can create a lethal 
crossfire of rebounding shots, especially 
if you also have three-way shots at the 
same time. 
All in all, the most apt comment one 




quite familiar to anyone who's used 
sampling software before. There are no 
pull-down menus, all functions being 
carried out through a series of buttons 
on the control panel in the bottom half 
of the screen, and the program is 
exited using the Esc key. 

If you're already a confirmed sam- 
pler, your best bet would be to mess 
about with the program and refer occar 

can make about Llamatron is that Mr 
Minter makes exceedingly good shoot- 
'em-ups. 

Share and enjoy 

Last but not least, Llamatron is a share- 
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it and want to play it some more, and 
you're an honest person, you'll send £S 
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sionally to the on-disk documentation 
when puzzled. Alternatively, by clicking 
Dn the Information button in the lower 
right hand corner of the control panel, 
you tan bring- up a quick reference 
guide to the various buttons and key 
presses which control the program's 
functions. If you don't already have a 
sampler, or if you're new to the game, 
I'll run through a sample edslinefsession 
to give you the general idea. Once you 
grasp the basics, everything else is 
down to experimentation. 

Beginner's guide 

Vou might be thinking: why don J t I |ust 

use the sampling software that came 
with my sampler? The answer is that 
SoundStudio is a smaller program than 
many commercial sampling programs, 
uses less memory than some, and is a 
lot simpler in operation than most. 
Now on with the show! 

First you must load a sample from 
the two we've supplied on the disk, 
Click on the Load Sample button to 
bring up SoundStudio's custom file 
requestor, then click on the up/down 
arrows on the right of the screen until 
you see the Utilities directory. 

Click on this, then on the 



SoundStudio directory, which will the 
allow you to click on the sample of j 
choke. For now, select the samp 
called Bogey and it will load autocn*t- 
cally. Please note that to use the 
Sample button, you must have a dak I 
your interna! drive. 

You now have a snippet fror 
film Cojobtoflco in your Amiga's mi 
ory. For all you film buffs, it's from tie 
bit when the immortal Began watches) 
Peter Lorre being arrested without 
intervening, despite the latter 's despe*- 
ate appeals. When challenged on thu, 
he replies: "I stick my neck out to* 
nobody*. A classic moment from a das- 
sic movie. 

Safety first 

A good principle to follow when edillnJ 
samples is to keep a copy of the origirwi 
safely tucked away somewhere, so dick 
on the 86 button in the lower right- j 
hand comer to activate buffer number 
six. Now click on Copy To Buffer. 

Just to prove the buffer contents art 
actually there, clkk on Clear Main, then 
on Paste Buffer. The screen will dear 
then the original sample will be 
refreshed from memory, Simple, eh? 

For most editing lunctiens, the user 



Shortcut 

Author Michael Bradley 



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Shortcut is a neat little menu utility - 
only 1.5k! - for adding user-defined 
menus in Workbench, If you've 
booted up the CoverDisk already, 
you'll have noticed that to Illustrate 
its use we've used ShortCut this 
month instead of My Menu, 

To select & program or doc file 
from the disk, dick in the ShortCut 
window to activate it, hold down the 
right mouse button, and make your 
selection In the same way you J d 
choose from any Amiga menu. So 
how does it do it? 

If you look in the CoverDisk' s S: 
directory wherein the startup- 
sequence normally resides, you will 
find an Ascii text file called 
shortcut. setup. This is the file 
ShortCut looks for when it is run from 
a startup-sequence or the CLI, and 
contains all the information for the 
menu which will appear on your 
Workbench screen. 

A shortcut, setup file consists of a 
number Df items separated from each 
Dther by hash marks (#), and a list of 
AmigaDOS commands to be carried 
out when the item is selected from 
the menu, The list is terminated with 
a hash mark and a carriage return 
and the next item is begun below it. 

As an example, if you wanted a 
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Workbench preferences program with- 
out having to go into the preferences 
drawer and click on the icon, you 



would run your text editor (ED wHS do) 
and include an item in your 
shorttul.selup looking something like: 

Fretertntiff 

ci mmtnm.y.mrmKW 

RUM >HIL: <HEL= PKFiREKCtsr 

You must use the RUN *NIL; <NIL; 
construction SO that the application 
rnultitasks property, but if you have 
BRUN or FtUNEACK in your C: direc- 
tory - BRUN is in this month's 
CoverDisk Cr directory - these will do 
just as well 

The major limitation With ShortCut 
bs that its menu items can't be more 
than 1 1 characters Song, but you can 
have as many as 24 items. Even users 
with utility-packed hard drives should 
be able to fit everything into 24 slots. 

l-i addition to the mra. seeakm, 
each ShortCut item has an associated 
right-Amiga keypress combination. 
Vou can therefore launch your appli- 
cation by pressing down the right 
Amiga key and the correct letter, 
though if the Shortcut window isn't 
the currently active window you'll still 
have to click on it with the mouse to 
activate it before using the keypress. 

As It doesn't use a device-handler, 
and is only l.Sk in size. Shortcut is 
very economical on memory, and 
because its items can have entire 
scripts attached to them it's as flexi- 
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CanDo, you too can be a programmer I 

Coding 

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users around the world who've 
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r\ confusion only a few chapters into a 
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mmg, If you are one of those people 
(and I (enow I am!), then the answer to 
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■*)VAtronics's CanDo. 

CanDo ii an object oriented pro- 
gramming utility, which means it asks 
fm to describe the desired end result, 
then does most of the coding bit for 
you, The system works on the principle 
that a program waits for certain 
'events" to take place, then reacts 
accordingly, and the beauty of CanDo 
o. that it makes choosing the events as 
easy as clicking on a mouse button. 

Before you leap into the world of 
CanDo programming, you'll have to 
have completed the task of de-archiv- 
ing the immense amount of material 
squeezed on to the Test Drive disk from 
this month's front cover. Don't worry if 
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the Test Drive disk, and follow the 

onscreen instructions. 

Cards and Decks 

A CanDo application is called a deck, 
and each deck is made up of a number 
of cards. To build up a deck (or appli- 
cation), therefore, the user adds cards 
one at a time until the deck is com- 
plete. 
The deck we'll construct in this tuto- 
rial will have one card, containing 
an animation, sound effects, but- 
tons to click on, and a couple of 
simple senpts. By the time we fin- 
ish the tutorial, you should 
hopefully have gained an 
insight into CanDo and 
what it can do, and will 
be ready to tackle the 
further examples in 




the manual which you should by now 
have de-archived on to disk. 

Boot from the first of the de-archived 
disks, which should be the CanDo pro- 
gram disk, and wait until the main con- 
trol paacl pops up at the bottom of the 
screen. This consists of three main 
parts. On the left is the Status panel 
with the Browse and Design buttons, 
then there's the Cards panel, and finally 
the Objects panel. 

The Card 

To Start a card, click on the icon look- 
ing like a stack of cards in the middle of 
the Cards panel. This will bring up a 
requester with Card#1 as the default 
opening card. Click on Edit to edit this 
card, and when the next requester 
comes up, dear out the tent in the 
name lield and type Chopper as the 
name of your first card. Now click OK 



and then Exit to return to the main 

panel. 

Now that we've renamed the card, 
we have to start putting something in 
it. Click on the Windows button in the 
Objects panel (top row, fourth from the 
left) to bring up the Window editor, We 
don't want the window to have a title, 
so just clear the word Unnamed out of 
the name field. 

Next, click an the Dimensions but- 
ton. This brings up a requester which 
allows you to set various attributes for 
the window and choose a picture to go 
in it, so click under Picture where it says 
Unnamed. You should now be looking 
at a file requester which has gone to 
the default drawer for pictures, the 
Images drawer on the CanDo disk. 
Dick on Helicopter. PIC then on OK 
twice to return to the Window editor. 

Click on the Objects button. This will 
present you with a selection of drag 
bars, close buttons, and so on. Make 
sure these are all un-selected as we 
don't want any of them on our 
Chopper window. Click OK, then on 
Options, which will bring up a list of 
Options for the way your window opens 
up. Click on the line saying; The win- 
dow has visible border", making it 
change to read: Window's borders are 
invisible. Now clkk on OK until you're 
back at the main control panel. 

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we're going to play with the helicopter 
animation, so don't worry if your screen 

doesn't look loo busy it the moment. 

The Buttons 

To add a button to the window., click 
on Add, then an the- Button icon (top 
now, second from the left). When the 
requester comes up, click on OK and 
CanDo will ask you to place vour but- 
ton onscreen, To do this you dick with 
the left mouse button and drag until 
the button 3s where you want it and of 
the correct size, Click and drag any old 
place for now, because well type in the 
button's coordinates in a minute. 

Once you've placed your button, the 
Editing a Button screen will appear, 
First of all, change the button name to 
Start instead of Button* 1, then reset 
the Origin coordinates to 50 honz and 
50 vert. This will be a teat button, so 
find the three Style options in the lower 
left hand corner and click on Text. 

The font/text requester should now 
appear. Select Embossed from the 
range of text styles available, and make 
sure you have the word Start in the text 
field on the right. Vou can leave the 
default font and colour values as they 
are or mess about with them if vdu like. 
The effects of any change will be visible 
in the window above the requester, so 
ted tree to experiment. 

Once you're happy, click on OK to 
return to the Editing a Button screen, 
where you should click on Outline. This 
will avail you of a variety of optional 
styles for your button, but for now just 
click on Double, for a double bevelled 
outline,, then on OK. 



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Now we'll take a look at what gives 
CanDo its real power - the Script editor 
and CanDo's built in scripting lan- 
guage. While still at the Editing a 
Button screen, look at the right-hand 
side of the screen where you'll find a 
number of buttons under the word 
scripts. Click on the Click button (this 
means your script will be executed as 
soon as the button is clicked on), and 
you will be whisked off to the script edi- 
tor. 

On the right-hand side of the editor 
screen, there is a strip of icons, you can 
scroll up or down, each gf which repre- 
sents one of the types of events you can 
script for, Click on the animbrush 
object (the red and white checked ball) 
to summon the ESrushAnim Path Editor 
Tool. 

When this appears, click an the but- 
ton labelled "banim", and when the file 
requester asks you to choose your 
BrushAnim, click on Helicopterl.banm, 
then on OK. 

Now you have to tell the script what 
path you'd like the animation to follow 
on screen, so click on Record. The Path 
editor will pop out of sight and your 



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cursor will appear with a rectangle 

around it. The rectangle represents the 
physical space taken up by the 
BrushAnim, and to record a path for it 
all you need do is click on the left 
mouse button where you want it to 
start, hold it down, and drag the mouse 
to where you'd like the BrushAnim to 
stop. Press ESC to exit the record func- 
tion 

There should now be a visible path 
line on your screen showing the path 
your helicopter will take when the Start 
button is clicked. Now click on three 
successive OKs to get you back to the 
main control panel, Note the complex 
script CanDo has written for you by 
interpreting your mouse movements as 
a series of commands, This is one of the 
most beginner -friendly features of 
CanDo. 

Once at the main panel, hold down 
the right mouse button and select Save 
As from the Decks menu. Normally, 
you'd save your CanDo deck at each 
significant stage, but you'll not be able 
to do this with the Test Drive version as 
the Save function has been disabled. 
Buy the full program from Checkmate 
Digital if you want to save things! Vou 
won't regret it! 

To test your deck, click on the 
Browse button, then on the Start but* 
ton on your recently constructed card. 
The helicopter should appear and fol- 
low the path you traced out for it. At 
this point, sit back and consider how 
long it would have taken you to pro- 
duce the same result using C or 
Assembler! 

Now to add some sounds. The first 
sound button will be a text button just 
like the others, Click on Add and then 



the button icon, then position the but- 
ton as before by clicking and dragging 
with the mouse to bring up the Editing 
a Burton screen. Call the button Sound 
and change the origin coordinates to 
wherever you like it best - the button 
moves onscreen as you press Return so 
you can mess about until you're satis- 
fied. 

Now click on Text. At the tent/font 
requester label it as Boingl, use the 
Embossed style once more and click on 
OK. Now click on Click under scripts 
and prepare to add some sound. 

At the Script editor, which will 
appear when you click on the Click but- 
ton, scroll dawn the list of icons on the 
right hand side of the screen, then dkk 
on the single speaker. This is the icon 
for sound samples and will activate a 
requester called Hay Sound. Vou should 
select Set The Filename from this, and 
choose the boing.snd file from the 
CanDo disk's Sounds drawer. 

If you click on OK twice, the Script 
editor should be displaying the com- 
plete sound command, demonstrating 
once again the usefulness ol its auto- 
matic scripting facility. Click on OK 
again to exit the Script editor, then 
return to the main control panel. A 
quick browse now should reward you 
with a silly sound that sounds like a rab- 
bit in mid jump! 

Chopper sound 

As Boing sounds very little like a heli- 
copter, we'll now add an appropriate 
sound to the chopper animation. While 
at the main control panel, click on the 
BrushAnim objects icon in the object 
panel (top tow, third from the right). 



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to stop the whole animation, including 
sound, once it reaches the end of t» 
flight path, 

Click on At Destination, and whed 
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following script: 

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Now click on OK twice, then Exit *o 
return to the main panel. You should 

now be able to click Browse, watch 
your helicopter fly around the screen. 
complete with engine noise, then comw 
to a halt with the sound off. 

For the moment, in the space ava*J 
able for this tutorial, that's about all we 
can cover, but you'll find a wealth of 
extra helpful hints and tutorials on the 
manual disk - the third disk you d- 
, archived. 

There are numerous sample decks 
for you to play about with, so you can 
browse through many more examples: 
of the sort of applications you can write 
with CanDo. Some of them explore the 
more advanced script commands, for 
which you will have to buy the full ver- 
sion, complete with full manual to use 
property. 

The deck we have constructed here 
merely ripples the surface of an ocean 
of potential uses to which CanDo could 
be applied, and if you've been at all 
impressed by the ease with which you 
can create your own programs with 
CanDo, I'd recommend you immedi- 
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Topstars E23.95 Prof 9000 deluxe £29.99 



Zipstick CI 4,95 
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Apache £9.99 
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Pro Page 2.0 E1BS.95 
Prapaga Templates E34. 95 

Pro Write £$5.00 

Broadcast THler 1 1 £179.00 
X CAD professional E229.00 

Digiview Gold 4 EB8.13 

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Pen Pa! £01,00 

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Lattice C V5.0 £149.00 

Hisofl Pro Flight £34.00 

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Turbo Silver £100.00 

Photon Paint II £23.50 

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Quick Write £34.95 

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£29.95 


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£29.99 


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28,99 


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E 34.98 


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past, two men made a propo- 
' sition that changed the face of 
modern music In 1981, Dave Smith 
and thet Wood lit the fuse (or the Midi 
explosion by proposing an industry 
standard which would enable the 
sounds of any instrument to be 
accessed from another. 

After some heated discussion and 
the invaluable input of the Japanese, 
Midi was finally born in 1982. Once the 
die was cast the standard became uni- 
versal and within 10 short years has 
successfully colonised almost every 
commercial studio an the planet. 

By 1985, the first Midi-compatible 
synthesizers appeared and the race was 
an within die software world to support 
the new musical revolution. The first 
attempts at sequencing were somewhat 
less than subtle but nevertheless offered 
the essentials, such as unlimited over- 
dubs and, of course, the ability to 
tweak, tidy or completely reorganise a 
track after it's been recorded into the 
sequencer. 

These functions are at the very soul 
of sequencing and by definition lie 
completely beyond the limited talents 
of tape. Of -course, along with increased 
editorial control, digital recordings 
never degrade no matter hdw many 
changes and attempts are required to 
produce the finished masterpiece. 

In the eyes of many an old muso this 
technological disease has destroyed the 
sacred art of putting a swirling line of 
sound on to a plastic disk. But Midi has 
opened the floodgates for thousands of 



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Midi has 



opened the 
floodgates 
for thousands 
of talented 
musicians ^ 

talented musicians who would other- 
wise never have carved their name into 
vinyl due to either a lack of opportu- 
nity, practice or tuition on the instru- 
ments of their choice. 

This broadening of horizons has not 
only opened music up to the untrained, 
but for those muses who are willing bo 
embrace the new technology the 
power of the computer has revolu- 
tionised the creative process. 

Now an entire orchestra warts at the 
fingertips of composers and Finished 
scores pour from printers at a single 
keystroke. Midi has the ability to experi- 
ment, cut, paste and transpose in sec- 
onds, and without the massive expense 
of countless re-takes and the extortion- 
ate amounts asked for studio time. 

Thanks to Midi, modern recordings 




D4Ts Ehr way iu (jet perircl unun tl\ 

are being produced for a fraction of the 
price of tape-based system and due to 
the "suck it and see" approach which 
Midi allows, professionals and amateurs 
alike are producing work they never 
imagined possible. And all is achieved 
from the comfort of their own homes, 
visiting the studio is only necessary to 
add the finishing touches and lay down 
the final cut 



Clearing the air 

Now, if you're a Old Midi hand you'll be 
waiting for the usual aenJnym rundown 
with the inevitable meaning of Midi - 
which, of Course, stands for the 
Musically Informed can be Desperately 
Irritating, as opposed to the all too 
often quoted alternative which other 
mags would have you believe. 

This tendency for techno-speak 
rather than explanation is usually 
enough to put many off experimenting 
with Midi before they've programmed 
a note, In fact, Midi is by no 
means as complex as a lot 
of techno- junkies would 
have you believe, and to 
combat the acronym attack 
a brief explanation of some 
of the very basic principles is 
in order. 

Get in sequence 

The range of sequencing alterna- 
tives on the Amiga is increasing by 
the day, but at the moment the 
now world famous MusicX and 
Gadjits Sequencer One are the two to 
be beaten. 

Both packages handle all the essen- 
tials and a good deal more besides, 
with MusicX being the more complex 
of the two and Sequencer the choice 
for those primarily interested in ease of 
use. Both packages are excellent but a 
little hands-on experience thanks to a 



friendly retailer would be a good idea 

before you make your decision. 

MusicX might be the choice for the 
money conscious musos because there 
are a few good deals available if you 
fancy digging through the classifieds. 



Having said that, there is some doubt 
about Micro Illusions' willingness to 

support the product as far as upgrade 
are concerned, 

if you're looking towards studio 
work, either of the two packages would 
be ideal, and even if the studio you 
choose uses one while you've opted for 
the other, exchanging files between the 
two is simple so there shouldn't be any 
real problems. And of course, there's 
nothing to stop you dragging your own 
system in with you if necessary. 

A note on keyboards 

Keyboard selection is tricky because 
two opinions of the same hardware can 
differ considerably depending on taste, 
but as far as Midi's concerned the only 
real consideration is the available ports 
- which obviously must have IN, OUT 
and THRU. The THRU may not be avail- 
able on ageing second-hand gear but it 
can be invaluable if you're planning lo 
expand your system fater. 

A secondary but still huge considera- 
tion when investing in any keyboard is 
the availability of patch editing soft- 
ware. In the first few weeks of owner- 
ship this may seem unimportant, but it 
becomes useful when you're looking for 



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Ike ntiX step up from a standard 

i if Tup 15 to record direct to 

■wd dbk_ Ai little as two years ago 

Ns type of system was strictly for 
ttw pros, but thanks to Sunrise 
Mutries of California such power 
■wy icon be in the hands of mere 

aorufc like you and me. 

Overs a suitably well -endowed 
lord drive, an entire song can be 
Vested in st like a normal sample 

r : ■xmplete sections can be cut. 
patted, looped and combined as 
i*quwed. 

The benefits of direct to digital 
•wording are incredible, not only 

x the powerful editing options but 
afeo for the range of sound that can 
be captured. Due to the dynamic 
tarwtatrons of tape there will always 
be i certain amount of fidelity lost, 
but with a pure digital signal the 

TsrE dynamic range of the sound 
a captured and superb definition is 
added to the sound. 

•ew sounds without incurring the 
-nseofanewsynlh, 
II you'fe cm a limited budget, patch 
•••ting comes second only to sequenc- 
er Put simply, it allows you to import 
#»e sounds from your synth or module 
nto the computer for editing. This pro- 
em is referred to as a fetch, and once 
fetched the formerly unobtainable 
sound appears onscreen as a series of 
■•reforms and variables which are very 
easy to relate to, and which make com- 



plex changes as simple as dragging a 
point on a wave or selecting an option 
from an icon. 

These miraculous little utilities allow 
you to redesign your sounds com- 
pletely, all the way from simply altering 
the waveform right through to the type 
oi reverb or the length of delay, in fact, 
any parameter relating to the sound. If 
that's Still not enough, individual 
sounds can be blended or totally new 
ones created from scratch. 

When your masterpiece is complete, 
either individual or entire banks of 
sounds can be saved to disk or dumped 
back into your synth in the locations of 
your choice. They will remain there 
until the next update, stored perma- 
nently just like the originals. 

A word of warning: always back up 
before you start to tinker, it can save a 
lot of tears later. 

Modular expansion 

On the surface, modular expansion 
seems the ideal answer to the ever- 
i increasing spiral of expenditure that 
musical addiction tends to inspire, with 
modules often saving hundreds as 
opposed to the keyboard alternatives, 
But it's still much easier to seil a com- 
plete keyboard than a module, so if 
you're the sort of person who has to 
keep up with the neighbours, complete 
keyboards may be a better bet, purely 
from a resale point of view. 

Multi-timbral means simply that sev- 
eral instruments can be played at any 
one time. Most modern units play up 
to eight separate synth voices simulta- 
neously in addition to a complete drum 



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The Amiga has 
long been 
waiting in 
the musical 
wings. Paul Austin 
explains how 
you and your 
machine can take 
centre stage 



track arranged from a variety of drum 
sounds - and all that is packed into a 
tiny box best described ai musical 
tardis, It's not all beer and skittles 
though, as there's a limit to the number 
of individual notes or partial* that can 
be played together. 

With most multi-timbral units the 
available number of partials is about 12, 
which means that up to eight separate 
voices can be playing in concert as long 
as the total number of indwidgal notes 
doesn't exceed 32 Did I say Midi 
wasn't confusing? 

This band-in-a-box effect is due to 
the power of Midi. The huge mountains 
of hardware once associated with the 
average keyboard player have been 




Mc-ret a brief (fiance at 5*wnr af tJw 

huge variety in Uhe MuiWrroclr nwribrt. from the 

tiny X2B fight through to Hunt very strloui eight trackiysUms 



condensed into a single lightweight 
unit that produces the illusion of an 
entire band, thanks to a few blips of 
data from a sequencer. Isn't technology 
wonderful? It is, unless you're an ex- 
session musician, of course. 

lor the beginner, multi-timbral units 
such as Roland's CM-32L and the older 
MT-32 are ideal. The sound quality 
doesn't match that of dedicated units 
such as Korg's Ml and others, but 
they're still a great place to start. Even 
with their restrictions on quality they 
can still match the performance of 
those infinitely more expensive units 
which were producing classic hits only 
a couple of years back. 

OK, once you've chosen your 
sequencer, modules, keyboards or 
both, the next step is to connect it all 
up. With the Amiga this means stuffing 
a Midi box costing as little as L20 into 
the serial port, adding a few Midi cables 
and a Midi OUT from the source to the 
Midi llN on the box and you're off. If, 
however, you're looking to build a sys- 
tem that uses multiple sources, a Midi 
I unction box is a good investment. 

With most units offering Midi THRU 
it might seem a waste to i-nvest in what 
is merely a signal splitter, but daisy- 
chaining three or four units together via 
the THRU ports can cause problems. 

Each time the Midi information is 
passed THRU a unit a link of the initial 
quality is lost and as a result the signal 
can become dirty. The obvious result is. 
that some data may become corrupt 
when it's passed on to the next unit in 
the line. 

Because a Midi cable is basically a 
serial link which passes data in succes- 
sion between units down the line, long 
cables mean increased transfer time. As 
a result, those at the end of a lengthy 
cable and THRU port connection may 
not receive their data fast and clean 



9 The range of 
sequencing 
alternatives on 
the Amiga is 
increasing by 
the day m 

enough to keep up, and information 
can become scrambled, 

A junction box simply gives a copy 
of the complete Midi signal direct from 
the sequencer to each sound source. 
There are no lengthy cables between 
the Amiga and the target and, of 
course, no THRU ports, so all your Midi 
information is delivered squeaky clean 
and at optimum speed. 

The right track 

Now, assuming you have a hi-fi or 
amplifier you should now have your lat- 
est creation blaring from the speakers 
in all its pure digital glory. 
Unfortunately for most of us, once the 
sequencing is complete it's time to 
compromise our digital principles and 
add some analogue, whether that be 
vocals, guitars or, in fact, anything that 
requires a mic before it can be cap- 
tured. 

ff you're a digital punst it's possible 
to bypass the problem by sampling and 
triggering the captured sound from the 
sequencer. This is fine for the occa- 
sional "Yoo baby, get down momma", 
but if you're after a complete acoustic 
guitar track you'll need an entire hard 
disk sampling system to do it. 

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photographs there are plenty of multi- 
track studios on the market, but it 
you're a Midi enthusiast make sure you 
go for a unit with built-in Midi sync, or 
st least one which can support an 
external sync unit, This is vital if you're 
going lor really big. productions as it 
allows you to sync your sequencer to 
rnjsic already present on the track. 

This musical miracle occurs thanks to 
a Midi Time Code or MTC which is 
recorded directly on to the tape, MTC 
is a descendant of 5MPTE/£BU time 
code - this being the industry standard 
in the TV and the film business since 
Adam was a tad, 

Once it's recorded on to a track, 
MTC can be read by the sequencer on 
playback or record. The sequencer can 
then adjust its Midi information accord- 
ingly, sending perfectly synchronised 
data to the various keyboards and mod- 
ules as required. 

The Mix-down 

After you've built your system and writ- 
ten a classic, the final task is to mix 

down your masterpiece and create the 
next number one, Again, Midi can play 
a large part in the process, especially if 
you're working with a professional. 




Special thanks ta Al Music 
Manchester and Spirit Studios for 
their invaluable assistance and espe- 
cially to Max Lindsay-Johnson of Al 
lor his essential technical support. 



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Midi-friendly mixing desk which can, in 

some cases, be preprogrammed to 
punch in, fade out and mute tracks 
automatically as the mix takes place. 

In the bad old days "mix down" 
meant ail hands to the console as vari- 
ous tracks were added and subtracted 
from the overall sound. This process 
almost inevitably led to the odd disaster 
and a tendency for individuals to add a 
little too much of what they liked and 
perhaps a little less of what they didn't. 

For most of us using home studio 



equipment the need for countless lin- 
gers on the faders isn't really a prob- 
lem, but there's still the question of 

where to store your masterpiece and 
how to keep it at its best after the 
400th demo has been dispatched to 

the ever-eager record companies. 

In the past this meant occasional 
remixing of masters or running a lew 
copies off at one time, all with the hiis 
that only analogue cat: add to the 
sound, Fortunately, an answer has 



arrived for the semi professional who 
wants to maintain sound quality. 

DAT, or Digital Audio Tape if you 
prefer, is the answer to many a muso's 
prayer, giving a crystal clear signal and 
no degradation no matter how many 
copies are made from the original. 

The DAT player in the article is a per- 
fect example of what's on offer. 
Retailing at around £500, it's ideal for 
the serious enthusiast. 




Midi music lessons 



As simple as sound recording and 
especially Midi may appear on 

paper it can be a confusing area, 
and to beat the technology blues 
Manchester's School of Sound 
Recording, or Spirit, offer a whole 
range of courses aimed to make 
any musician's first tentative steps a 
little easier. 

Spirit otter three short five and 
three-day courses aimed at com- 
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advanced. The first course gives a 
basic grounding in the studio and 
coven the basics of recording and 
working in a studio environment. It 
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The second course is a direct follow- 
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sampling, triggering and principles of 
Midi. If you can class yourself as a well 
versed amateur this could be the one 
for you. 

The final part ol the tnlogy is the 
Sampling CM I Programming and Midi 
Workshops. This course runs over a 
weekend and covers the more 
advanced aspects of Midi, including 



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machines and a more in-depth look at 
sampling. 

Time code and synchronisation 

are explained in more detail and there 
is a look at Midi-controMed effects 
and recent advancements in the field, 
such as Midi mixers, programmable 
patch bays and pitch to Midi con- 
verters. 

The above vary in price from 
£172.50 to £2J0.00inc. IF a week's 
tuition isn't enough Spirit also hoW a 
48-week course that can be taken 
either during the day or in the 
evening. As yau might expect, this 
goes into great detail and is designed 
for those looking for a career in engi- 
neering. 

Registration will set you back £50, 
with HO to follow for each week of the 
course. All of Spirit's courses provide a 
certificate and, hopefully, a step in the 
right direction for you and your music. 

Spirit also have a working studio 
and most courses allow the students a 
certain amount d! studio time in which 
to produce either their own work or 
that of a band. 

If you're interested in signing up 
you can contact Spirit for further 
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jason Holborn 
looks at the state 
of the art in Amiga 
sampling 
technology and 
offers a few tips on 
getting the most 



from it 



Sampler talk 




Are you totally flummoxed by sampling jargon? I'm not surprised If yog are. With our guide to sampling jargon, how- 
ever, you too «n bore people stiff with seriously technical words. 

KHz The sampling frequency is measured In KiloHertz (KHi), This value denotes how many time J per second 
the Sampler analyses the incoming audio signal (x 1000), 

ADC Analogue to Digital Converter. This ii the heart of the sampler. Its job is to convert an analogue audio sig- 
nal, such as from a hi-fi, microphone or CD player etc, into a series of numbers which the computer can 
understand. 

DAC Digital to Analogue Converter. As you can probably guess, this is the opposite of an ADC circuit, A DAC 
converts digital sample data held in the memory of your computer into an analogue signal which is passed 
through to the audio jacks built-in at the back of your Amiga, 

LOOPING Looping Is a process whereby a short burst of sound Is played continuously to give the illusion of a much 
larger sample. Loops can be used with anything from a simple tone to a drum pattern. 



You don't need me to tell you 
what a great machine the 
Amiga is for playing around 
with music. Whether you're composing 
your lint chart hit in Music-X or fust tin- 
kering around with Quartet, the 
Amiga's musical talents are more than 
obvious. 

But you don't need to be the next 
lean Michel Jarre to play around with the 
sound capabilities of your Amiga, Using 
a nifty little gadget called a sound sam- 
pler you can literally grab sounds into 
your Amiga from your favourite records, 
□r even from real life, and play around 
with them to your heart's content, 

A sampler converts .sounds from the 
real world - analogue sounds - into a 
format that the computer can under- 
stand. And as we all know, this can 
mean only one thing - numbers, lots of 
them, These numbers can then be 
played back by the Amiga's powerful 
sound chip, Paula. 

OK r so far we have what amoJfits to 
A rather expensive tape recorder, but 
the Amiga can do a lot more than this 

Using i sample editing program, 
can manipulate the sound in any num- 
ber of ways, ranging from simple opera-* 
tioni such as cutting, copying and 
pasting sections of sample, to the real 
fun stuff like adding echoes and loop- 1 
ing, Don't worry if all this techno-talk 
confuses you, we'll be explaining the 
jargon later on. 

Gut why buy a sampler? The answer 
is simple - they're a lot of fun. There's 
something uniquely perverse about 
being able to sample someone's voice 




and then play around with it. If you've 
ever wanted to put words into your best 
friend's mouth or play burping sounds 
on your Midi keyboard, a sampler is the 
thing for you. 

Samplers aren't only good for mak- 
ing your Auntie Mavis sound like a 
space alien who's been on the helium, 
though. If you're feeling a little musical, 
you can use your sampler to grab instru- 
ments from prerecorded music or from 
real life. 

Getting serious 

in this way you can build up a huge 
library of sampled instruments without 
ever having to pay the high cost of buy- 
ing the equipment yourself. With pro- 
fessional instruments costing many 
thousands of pounds these days, sam- 
pling is a considerably better bet. 

I've annoyed quite a few people by 
sampling instruments for which they've 
had to pay hard -cash. Despite the fact 
that I only own a jingle synthesiser (a 
M1 ), my sample library consists of 

finds from a vast range of professional 
including the D50, the SY77 and 
.even the infamous Fairlight 

OnCe samples are laid down on to 

M, you can hardly tell the difference 
between a sample and the real thing. 
What follows is a roundup of the best 
samplers currently available on the 
Amiga. 

We've deliberately restricted it to 8- 
bit samplers, but both 12 and 1 6-bit 
units are also available, We'll bring you 
more on these later, 



Mast 

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MicroDeal were one of the first companies to produce a truly budget-priced sample' 
in the shape of their excellent Master Sound. It's fairly bask, but Master Sound cer- 
tainly delivers the goods. If you're after a cheap, no frills sampler that produces 
decent samples, Masteriound is a good bet 

The MasterSound package consists of a spartan cream-coloured sampling car- 
tridge graced with fust a single connector. There's no sound level controls, no printer 
passthru, no nothing - fust a single Jack connector whkh is used to feed in the audio 
signal. As a result, MasterSound doesn't support stereo sampling, although this isn't 

really much of a lass. 

The bundled sampling software is 

pretty,, but is lacking in real editing power. 

Most of the basic functions are there, but 

AudioMaster 3 it 

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04.99 • New Dimensions • Tel: 0291 690933 

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q « real kflter of a sampler. Packed with powerful, and some gen- 
uinely fun, features it's a sampler to 
be reckoned with. Now that it's been 
upgraded - hence the extra Turbo 
bit in the name - is there no slop- 
ping TechnoSound? 

The Techno5ound hardware 

looks very simitar to Perfect 

Sound. Not on&y does it share 

the sane colour - black - but it 

hai the same two connectors 

living at its rear 

Like Perfect Sound, it too 
can sample in full stereo. 
Unforlunatefy, the build 
quality of TechnoSound 
didn't seem loo hot, but 
then I suppose you must 
expect some concessions 
when a sampler that is as 
capable as TechnoSound is sold at 
such a low price 
The TechnoSound software is pretty impressive. It has all the usual 
iOng features you'd expect, but what makes it SO good is its fun features. 
lb built-in special effects allow an incoming sound signal to be processed in fesl- 

■ time - just like a professional effects unit, 
really. These effects include the usual 
echo and reverb, but the fun starts when 
you play with Exterminator and Legless. 

The sound quality of TechnoSound 
is surprisingly good, but it occasionally 
produced samples which were a bit 
muffled, I wouldn't hold this against it 
though - it you did, you might just be 
missing out on a real bargain. On the 
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£199 • HB Marketing • Tel: 0753 686000 

If you're looking for the Rolls Royce of Amiga samplers, look no further than 
RamScan's Audio Engineer, it's a fairly pricey little number, but you'd be bard 
pushed to find an Amiga sampler that can touch it. 

If you intend to use your Amiga sampler professionally (and many well known 
musicians do - Paula Abdul, for example) you'd be a fool to look elsewhere. 

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of an average modem, tt has a printer 
passthru connector built-in so there's no 
problems there, although you have to 
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ture. 

On the front of the unit is a large 
array of bits and pieces which include 
two volume control knobs for the 
incoming signal and connectors for the 
sound signal. 

As you've probably already guessed, Audio Engineer fully supports stereo sam- 
pling. Its twin DACs and quite sophisticated filtering: and anti-aliasing circuitry 
allow for some exceptional samples, I've said it before, but I'll say it again - 
Audio Engineer produces some of the sharpest and cleanest samples I've ever 
heard on the Amiga, rivalling some 1 2 and even 1 6-bit samplers. 

The bundled sampling software is exceptional Oespile the fact that it has 
Audio Engineer plastered ail over it, it's realty AudioMaster 3, 

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Perfect Sound 3 

£59.99 ■ HB Marketing ■ Teh 0753 6B6000 

If there's one company that know* a thing or two about Amiga samplers, it must 
Hjrely be SunRize Industries, They've been working on their Perfect Sound sys- 
tem for more years than I dare to rnenton, so you'd think that they'd have it 
fight by now, Unfortunately, Perfect Sound is still nothing more than above 
average, so you may well want to look elsewhere before taking the plunge. 

SunRize's sampler is a mysterious black box that - like most samplers - plugs 
into the parallel port of your Amiga. It too is rather spartan hardware-wise, with 
nothing more than a couple of connectors at its rear to break the monotony. 
The overall standard of construction is very high. 

Some of you may already have a copy of SunRize's earlier sampling software, 
since it is now freely available in the public domain. Version 3.0 of the Perfect 
Sound editor isn't that much different from previous releases, apart from the 
obvious cosmetic changes. It's a very nice program to look at, but I must admit 
thai it seemed a little tally in places. 
Unfortunately, some of its requesters 
are particularly poor. 

The quality of sample* grabbed with 
Perfect Sound is pretty good, but a 
high-frequency audible hum. was intro- 
duced to some samples. It's not that 
easy to spot, but anyone with a trained 
ear will point it out straight away. 

Despite this quibble though, Perfect 
Sound is still a very good sampling 
system. 



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Sample Studio 2 

£69.95 * Datef Electronics • Tel: 0782 744324 

Datel's offering to the more serious sampling fanatics is the Pro Sample Studio 2, 
a bulky but reasonably capable system that builds upon the strengths of Datel's 
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Unlike all the other samplers on test, 
Datel's unit is the only sampler that 
doesn't connect to the Amiga's parallel 
port, instead, Date I have wired the 
thing up so that it runs off the expan- 
sion port on the left-hand side of the 
A5O0. 

As a result, it won't work on any 
machine other than theASQQ, although 
an internal version which plugs into- the 
co-processor slot of the 2000 is also 
available. Datel have also thoughtfully 
included a passthru connector, so hard disk users are still able to use their drives 
on the 500, 

The bundled software is a respectable enough offering, but it's still not per- 
fect. Once again, it looks pretty, but editing power leaves much to be desired. 
Unfortunately, because the sampler runs through the 
Amiga's expansion bus, you 
can't use something like 
AudioMaster I instead, so 
you are stuck with Datel's 
offering. 

For such an expensive sarn* 
pier, the sound quality of san* 
pies certainty doesn't justify the 
price. Even when sampling from 
a digital source, the samples were 
far from faithful. Admittedly, 
they're better than the Micro 
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It's very tempting to blame the manufacturer 
when your sampler doesn't quite produce the per- 
fect sample, but they aren't always to blame. Like 
it or not, you could be doing something wrong. 
With our guide to better sampling, you too can 
produce samples of the crispest quality. 
SOUND SOURCES - You may think this is pretty 
obvious, but it's surprising how many people fall 
into this trap. The better the quality of your sound 
source, the better your samples will be. ff you're 
sampling music, a CD source is the best you can 
get, but a high quality tape player is a good sec- 
ond best. 

in the case of sampling real life sounds, a 
decent microphone is very, very important. Quite 
a tew sampler manufacturers include micro- 
phones, but they are always useless - throw them 
in the bin immediately! 

If you can afford it, pop down to your local hi- 



tech music equipment stockist and have a chat 
with the salesman, He'll be able to advbe you on 
which microphone to buy. You may have to pay a 
fair bit for it, but you'll be amazed at the quality it 
will give you. 

SAMPLING RATES - Everyone knows that the 
higher the sample rate, the better the sound qual- 
ity, but there's more to it than this. Many sam- 
plers now offer sampling rates of up to 57 KHz, 
but virtually no musk packages support such high 
rates - 29 KHz li about as high as things get. 

If you do want to use samples within packages 
tike Music-X, a good trick is to sample the sound 
at the highest rate and then use something like 
AudiaMaster's Tune WaveForm function to knock 
the sampling rate down. 

This usually results in a much higher quality 
output than you would have obtained if you had 
sampled the sound at that rate in the first place. 



Don't forget a&o that some sounds don't need to 
be sampled at high rates. Drums are a prime 
example, 

Most drum sounds can be sampled pretty faith- 
fully at around 10 KHz, although High Hats will 
need higher rates to capture those higher fre- 
quencies. As always though, experimentation is 
the key. 

LEADS - It's all very well having a great sampler 
and a brilliant sound source, but you'll still get 
pathetic results, if you use a lousy lead to connect 
the two. Once again, a good professional sound 
lead is a must. 

Considering their price - around £5 for 1m - 
you'd be a fool not to splash out. Not only 
that, but they usually come with pretty decent 
connectors, therefore ensuring that interference 
introduced to the audio signal is kept to a 
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m £129.95 • HB Marketing • Tel: 0753 6860W 

__ If you'd like a ampler that can give Audio Engineer a run for its money, then 

Aegis' Sound Master could be what you're looking lor, Not only does it include 
the award-winning AudioMaster I sample editing software, but it produces sam- 
ples that are definitely on a par with its main rival. Once again it i&n J t cheap, but 

you get what you pay for. 

Like most samplers-, Sound 
Matter connects to the paral- 
lel port of the Amiga, but 
Aegis have very kindly con- 
nected a metre -long cable 
la trie sampling hardware 
which means that you can 
bring the sampler around 
next Co your keyboard. 

This is a necessity, 
because the unit includes 
both a sliding level con- 
trol and even a built-in 
microphone - some- 
thing that even Audio 
Engineer doesn't have! 
As mentioned pre- 
viously, the software 
bundled is none 
other than Audio Master 3, which is 
actually exactly the same program that 
comes with Audio Engineer. As a result, 
there's very little to separate the two 
samplers apart from the obvious price 
difference. 

The Audio Engineer hardware has a 
few more features, such as a printer 
passthru, and is generally of higher 
build quality, but the two units perform 
almost identically. 



AMAS 

£99 • MicroDeal • 
Tel; 0726 68020 

MicroDeal 'i "professional" sampler 

is quite unique in that it is the 

only Amiga sampler that also 

comes complete with a Midi 

interface, As a result, you can kill 

two birds with one stone. A 

shrewd move from MicroDeal, 

I'm sure you'll agree. 

Unfortunately, AMAS really 

is starting to show its age. It's 

been available for a couple of 

years now, in which time it's 

sold very nicely thank you. But it has now 

been surpassed by much cheaper systems, 

The sound quality isn't bad, but it'i hardly going to give Audio Engineer a run 

for its money. Don't get me wrong, AMAS can still produce some very accept- 
able samples. 

What realty lets it down is the sam- 
pling software. It's restricted to produc- 
ing samples no greater than 200k in 
size, arranged into a maximum of eight 
banks, Not only that, but the maximum 
sampling rate is only 2SKHZ- 

Now you can see why AMAS has 
aged so much! But then again, if it's 
good enough for Paula Abdul - she uses 
Dne extensively - it should be good 
enough for anyone. 



Micro Sampler 

£24.99 « Datel Electronics - Tel: 0782 744324 





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Sampler is hardly going to win any prizes 
for sound quality. It's a very simple no-frills 
mono sampler that is about the size of a 
king-size cigarette packet. If you're totally , 
and utterly skint, you may wan", to give it 
a whirl, but personally I'd prefer to save 
up a few more pennies for something 
like TechnoSound. 

The bundled software is exactly the 
same as the soltwaje which used to 
accompany Datei's Pro Sample 
Studio, which has now ceased pro- 
duction. While it looks very nice, 
you'll soon come to realise that looks 
are about the only thing going for 
it. Editing is quirky and there are 
too many tools which can only be' 
described ai completely useless. 

Most of the samplers tested are very 
closely matched where sound quality is 
concerned, but the sound quality of the 
Micro Sampler is awful. Even when used 
with. AudioMaster 3 and Omega Projects' 
Sound Enhancer, samples came out muf- 
fled and very distorted, If you buy this, 
you only have yourself to blame! 




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You've probably read previews of Omega 

Projects' Sound Enhancer in oltler publiLa- 
tiuns. bul vvi managed Id get jn exclusive 

peek at what could be one ol the most 
important audio releases lor a tong time. The 
device, which claims Id improve the Amirjd't 

sound quality using some- sophisticated 411— 
ten, plugs m between the Amiga sound jacks 

and ynyjr hi-fi Of monitor, 

The Sound Enhancer improves the Kjund 

quality of just about any program, but is 
especially at home with samplers. Indeed, 

Omega originally designed the thing to work 

with their own Sound Trap sampler", but it 
works equally well with any other. The tiny 
o« contains just two controllers - a propor- 
tional control knob which increases or 
decreases Ihe unit's effect, and a little switch 



which turns [be box on or oft. Trie increase in 
sound quality is absolutely astounding. If you 
thought the Amiga's sound capabilities were 

pretty good anyway, you're in for a real 
shock. Iven with the worst samplers I was 
able tu grab stunning samples. 

When used in conjunction with some- 

ttiing lite Audio Engineer, my samples were 

oi professional quality - bass becomes much 
pUiichier arid high frequencies were 

enhanced beyond belief. 

For the £35 asking price, every Amiga 
owner should own the Sound Enhancer, 

especially if they also own a sound sampler. 
Once you've heard the Sound Enhancer for 
yourself, t can virtually guarantee that you'll 
want to buy one straight away. I'll be first in 
Ihe queue! 



Sound Trap 3 

£29.95 (or £54-95 with AijdioMajter2] * Omega Projects • Tel: 0925 762885 

There's always one product that turns up too late lo have its picture taken. As you 
can probably already guess, Sound Trap is the one. In a way, it's a great shame 
because it's the only budget sampler that not only offers a printer passthru can' 
if eta r, but is also hilly compatible with all Arnigas, including the Al 0(H)! 

Omega do bundle sampling software with Sound Trap, but it's pretty dire - 
even they adroit that, So, being a smart lot, they've bundled it up with Aegis' 
AudioMaster 2 {not 3) sample editing software at a reduced price, When used 

i with AudioMaster 2, Sound Trap pro- 
duces decent samples. In fact, they're 
some of the best I've heard from a bud- 
get sampler. 

The only thing that really lets Sound 
Trap 5 down is its price. It may seem 
cheap at first, but you really do need to 
buy a copy of AudioMaster to get the 
most fromje. This knocks the price up 
quite a bit, pushing it way above both 
TechnoSound and MasterSoutid. 



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Caligari ii what many Amigans 
have been praying for, namely 
a CAD package that embraces 
Hie speed and power essential to a 
designer while retaining trie aesthetics 
lhat only ray tracing can create. 

In the past the choice was simple - 
either you went for the stunning hut 
stow process of ray tracing or the 
speedy if less than stylish approach of 
the countless 3D Modelling packages. 

As you can see from the screen 
shots, Caligari not only offers design 
skills to match anything in the mod- 
eling world but also the artistic talents 
to challenge the much slower true ray 
tracers such as Sculpt, Real 3D and 
Imagine. 

Evaluation Mr Spock 

Caligari's primary mission is to provide 
* perfect representation of your three 
dimensional designs, so for the amateur 
it could mean the creation of a dream 
kitchen long before the first cabinet is 
cobbled together, or perhaps the 
design for that desperately needed 
extension. 

The system can work with a prede- 
fined grid engineering design and it's 
even possible to type blueprint informa- 
tion direct for the plan, instantly trans- 
forming the confusion of two 
dimensions to the clarity of three. 

Once complete, the image controls 
albw you to zoom in and 



It's CAD Jim 

but not as we know it! 





orientate 

either the 

world or the object at 

any angle thanks to 

the veiy speedy wire' 

frame mode, only pausing to 

snapshot a full colour image direct 

to disk or straight to a printer. 

As well as its design talents, Caligari 
also offers impressive and flexible con- 
trol over every element within the 
image, whether that be colour, lighting 
Dr material. 

Perhaps the most important aspect 
of the program's flexibility Is its han- 
dling of the objects themselves. Like 
many of the leading ray tracers, it 
employs heretical control. A good 
example of this would be the engines 
on Enterprise which were manipulated 
as one unit, stretching, sizing and ori- 
entating in unison, even though the/re 
made up of several individual ob|etts, 
all of which could still be isolated and 
edited separately as required. 

Because of its artistic as well as engi- 
neering talents Caligari is perfect for 
presentation work, and this especially 
applies to the Broadcast version which 
supports a very powerful animation 
module. This allows the var- 
ious elements within a 
scene to be assigned as 



actors. These various theipi- 
ant can then be directed 
around the scene on predefined 
paths. 

The individual players don't stop 
there as their component pants ca n also 
be assigned as joints. So, for example, a 
robot could have its arm and hand 
pivot in a friendly wave as a prospective 
client glides down the corridof of his or 
her virtual investment. 

This heretical approach to move- 
ment also extends to the consumer ver- 
sion which doesn't support animation 
but soil benefits from the option when 
designing still frames. 

Ana lysis complete 

In many ways the Cahgan interface is 
very similar to that of imagine but with 
one huge improvement - unlike 
Imagine, Caligari doesn't require con- 
stant saves as you move between the 
various modules. 

The only disk activity occurs as the 

various modules are loaded, This does 

slow things up a little on a floppy 

system but if 

you're a 

hard drive 

user the time taken 



Paul Austin beams 

down to render a 

few opinions on 

Caligari, the latest 

package in the 

operating system 

Is barely noticeable. On the consumer 
version of the program flitting between 
modules is restricted to the Design and 
Scene modules but on the broadcast 
version you have the added bonus of 
the Anlrn option. 

For most of us movement will proba- 
bly be restricted to that offered by the 
consumer version. As the name; sug- 
gest the Design module is where most 
of the work takes place with occasional 
visits to the Scene option for lighting 
and occasional loads, saves and, of 
course, the vital final render. 

The animation on the broadcast ver- 
sion isn't the only difference between 
the two, as the consumer version also 
lacks the point editing abilities of its big 
brother, not to mention the ability to 
render direct to a frame buffer. 

Unfortunately, being without the 
aforementioned hardware, I can only 
quote the suppliers description of, 
'Slunning" in regard to the frame 




buffer output, which isn't totally unex- 
pected considering the broadcast ver- 
sion retails at £1 ,500 as opposed to the 
£99 for the consumer variant. 

The lack of point editing on the con- 
sumer version will no doubt cause a few 
problems as the ability to slice, sweep 
and select individual points does add a 
whole new dimension to the editing of 
the various primitives. 

Having said that r the variety of stan- 
dard prims on both versions should 
mean the majority gf objects can be 
constructed from individual prims- This. 
combined with the assistance of the 
Tooli menu, which is present on both 
versions, should make life a little easier 
if you're struggling with a particularly 
tricky bit of modelling. 

The various tools allow objects to be 
glued, un-glued, copied and, perhaps 
most importantly, extruded. Extrusion 
or, to put it more simply, the ability to 
hand draw your own objects in two 
dimensions and then sweep them into 
the third means that almost any shape 
is possible, the only real limit being 
your imagination. 

Once your object is complete place- 
ment is the next obstacle but thanks to 
the best mouse driven interface I've yet 
had the pleasure to use this is simplicity 
itself. When arranging an object you 
have the option, to either manipulate 
the viewpoint or the object. 

Perfect position 

To achieve this the stacking menu sys- 
tem displays the various environmental 
movement controls which vary the 
effect of the mouse from working in 
relation to either the plane of the object 
or that of the world in which it's 
placed. Switching between the two 
allows you to position the view point to 
perfection. 

Once you're happy with your partic- 
ular view of the scene a single mouse 
click transfers the mouse movement 
into that of the object itself. Again, you 
have the option ta move the object rel- 
ative to its own axii or that of the envi- 
ronment, placing it either by eye or by 
the user defined grid reference system. 

Now you and your object are in the 
perfect position the next task is to ori- 
entate the object itself. This again is 
done by the trusty rodent One click on 
the rotation button and the selected 
shape spins in any or all of the three 
dimensions while remaining stationary 
on the predefined spot. 

As you can imagine, controlling a 
three dimensional spinning object with 
a strictly two dimensional mouse isn't 
always an easy task, so one of the axes 
is assigned to the right button while the 
remaining two are controlled by the 
left. 

Even when con- 
trot is split 




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between 
the two but 
tons things can Still 
be a little confus- 
ing so the program 
has the invaluable ability to 
switch off any combination of 
axes as required. This also applies to 
the object movement and eye place- 
ment controls. 

So if you merely want to lower an 
object into a particular spot it's a simple 
matter of selecting the axis in question 
and lowering away, safe in the knowl- 
edge that the remaining two dimen- 
sions will remain completely static, 

Sometimes - and especially when 
working to engineering standards - the 
default perspective view isn't always 
enough. As a result a separate view 
From each of the three elevations can 
be accessed. All these views can be 
individually positioned and zoomed in 
and nut of as required. 

Object onscreen 

When the three orthographic views are 
combined with the perspective, place- 
ment of the subject can be done to an 
accuracy of four decimal points and, of 
course, if your hand and eye co-ordina- 
tion isn't quite steady enough for such 
work you can always employ the defin- 
able Gridlock option to do it for you. 
' Assuming you and your masterpiece 
are in perfect position and you've had a 
trip to the scene module to adjust the 
lighting, it's time to render your cre- 
ation. When rendering an object or 



scene for the first time 
there is a pause of almost 
ray tracing proportions while the calcu- 
lations are made for light and the 
assorted objects, but eventually your 
masterpiece will appear and it's at this 
point that you have the added bonus of 
making the most of the Amiga's colour- 
ful talents. 

After the render is complete you 
have the option to either return to the 
wireframe, save the image or proceed 
on to the colour control menu which 
allows you to adjust the colour of indi- 
vidual elements within the image or 
entire groups. 

This section works in the same way 
to that of heretical options in the wire- 
frame which allows you to cycle 
through the individual parts within an 
object and select separate elements for 
editing, Once the colour editing is com- 
plete the scene can be re-rendered in a 
fraction of the original time and the 
product saved or printed as required. 

In general the manuak are excellent 
apart from the occasional passage such 
as the Point Editing section within the 
broadcast version which is completely 
dreadful 

This particular section has to be 
either the product of someone who 



60 




assumes you were part of the design 
team or perhaps more likely it's " 
ramblings of an author who didn't 
really know what he was waffling = 
about, An added bonus tD the tuition 

offered by the manuals is the 
Caligari tutorial video 
which does a good job of 

easing you and your ideas 
into the virtual world with a few exam, 
pies of just what this extremely power- 
ful program is capable of. 

Captain's log 

On the down side my only real moans 
concern the lack of any boolean opera- 
lions which would allow objects to be 
used as tools on others, cutting and 
slicing as required. 

My only other concern is the -lack of 
interaction between Caligari and other 
programs, At present Videoscape is the 
only program which can share Us out- 
put with Caligari but I'm assured future 
revisions do plan to embrace other 
packages. 

As you can tell from my commen- 
tary, I'm impressed, and if you're look- 
ing for a way to combine the graphic 
talents of your Amiga with the power of 
an excellent CAD package, Caligari has 
to figure very high on the list of your 
potential purchases. 

I'm sure we'll all see a lot more of 
this particular product in everything 
from engineering design to TV anima- 
tion. I highly recommend it 



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30 Master is the latest and by far the 
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Unlike many other pretenders to the 
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criers an interface that puts all the pro- 
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experts. 

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wrll be long before you, like me, 
become a hot key fanatic. 

Even though the interface is excel- 
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Master and some other interface-based 
programs. 

3D Master stands somewhere 
between old-style software which 
wouldn't consider something as ama- 
teur as an interface and the new 
■nendry face of ray tracing which will 
do absolutely everything without ever 
leaving your furies* friend. 

Even though all major events hap- 
pen in tasteful requesters there's still 
the need for constant coordinates 
wrhith determine everything from the 
si;e and shape of the object right 
through to the positioning of lights and 
meir direction. 

Fear not 

For anyone with a pathological fear of 
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come news but believe me it Isn't that 
bad and that's a quote direct from a 
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On occasion some of the requesters 
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puzzled but this really only applies to 
the more complex, shapes and 
requesters such as spirals. 

In most cases the various primitives 
such as spheres and boxes will do the 
jcbj with sizing and placement being a 



simple matter of typing in three sets of 

coordinates for each, Although the 
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occasionally time Consuming the 
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plus the option for various screen for- 
mats and resolutions does make up for 
the tedium of typing. 

Overview is perhaps the perfect way 
to describe 3D's view of the world, Like 
Calagari, which you'll find elsewhere in 
this issue of Amgo Computing, 3D looks 
at its little portion of space from a 





definable point which is suspended 

above a matrix depicting: the surface of 
your creation. 

Moving and examining your work ts 
a simple matter of hitting the odd hot 
key to scroll in all directions, looming 
in and out as required. It's true the lack 
of an Drthorgraphic or three way view 
does make accurate placement a little 
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All the essential environmental con- 
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the intensity of light sources. 

Like Sculpt, there are various options 
for ground design ranging from the 




familiar chequered effect to the less 

common polka dot. Even a user defined 
floor space can be imported from your 
favourite paint package.. 

The last reference to importation 
leads nicely on to 3D's mapping talents 
which although limited do something 
which Sculpt can't manage, namely 
texture mapping any image on to ele- 
ments within your creation. 

The mapping works well, although 
it'; impossible to make any adjustments 
to the way the image is mapped. The 
second and perhaps most important 
point is that only one type of map can 
be applied within each image. 

The mapping process takes place 
thanks to a single image loaded in as a 
picture. Once loaded the program 
looks here for the texture whkh it then 
applies to every object which has its 
map option set. 



Summary 



As mentioned eadier, 3D is perhaps the 
premier cheap ray tracer but it does 
take more work than the average point 
and click package. Having said that it's 
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ioned way, so try not to be put off by a 
bit of typing. 

As you can see from the screen shots 
the results can be impressive, if perhaps 
a little predictable. This tendency for 



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due mostfy to the lack of tools and the 
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If you're looking for a solid first step 
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After last month's amazing deal ID give- 
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bags of many a bow-kqged pcrt«. 

As tf Real isn't inspiration enough, we re still offer- 
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whether it be ray traced or the product of the paint 

package °' y° ur choice. 

The incentive of recent Gallery giveaways and our 
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what is the state of the art on the Amiga and post 
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The mystery/role- playing adventure, 
combining History and classic science 
fiction, based on the world famous role- 
playing game by Game Designers' Workshop 

Space 1fl89: Discover a recreated solar 
system as envisioned by the scientific theories of 
the 19th Century and in the imaginations of such 
classic writers as |ules Vertie, A. Conan Doyle and 
H.G. Welk Written by the same team as the 
critically acclaimed 'MECATRAVRLER !' 

INTERPLANETARY EXPLORATION 

• Visit the canals of Mars and deal with warring Martians; explore 
treacherous swamps on Venus; 1 ravel through the mysterious 
underground caverns of the Moon . . . Even Earth is ripe for exploration 
and rife with intrigue . . . 

• Planets and stars are accurately represented in Space. Actually 
navigate by (he constellations themselves! 
DIPLOMACY 

• Overcome corrupt German conspirators, a radical Martian 
religious cult and Ine awesome intelligence of an advanced 
alien society that has escaped notice for thousands of years. 

WEAPONRY 

• Historic TSth Century 
weapons include 30 guns, 
4 throwing weapons and H 
close combat weapons, 
Ranging from bolt-action rifles and single- 
barrel revolver* to swords and daggers. 
PROFICIENCY 

• Create five characters, male or female, from among six 
attributes and 24 skills, including Fisticuffs, Crime, Theatrics and Engineering. Control character 
development through a wide variety of careers. j^, _-^P 
HISTORICAL ADVENTURE 

• Over 100 locations to explore im Earth alone ■ all depicted with historical accuracy and fascinating details 
Including London, New York, San Francisco, the Far East and the Valley of the Kings, 
TACTICS 

• Realistic combat sequences let you conlrol each character individually, while still giving 
general orders to the others. 
VERSATILITY 

• Meet and interact with over 500 unique 
characters, each with 
distinct personalities. 






Based on MegaTravelier by Came Designer's Workshop, 
the most popular science fiction gaming system and now th 
critic's choice as the Number One Computer Game! 

AMIGA COMPUTING 



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AMIGA FORMAT 
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MegaTravelier 1. 

GEN A 

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Nebulus 2 — i o 

The little green blob with no arms is back to do what he 
does best lump and down 

Monster Business 12 

Leroy grabs hold of his pump and goes after ghoulies, 
but don't tell the vicar! 

Championship Athletics 12 

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Amiga recently, but this isn't one of them. 

Armalyte 1 3 

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C64 shoot-em-up hits the Amiga - hard. 

Zone Warrior 1 6 

Time travelling chortles as the very fabric of 
the universe itself is threatened 

Manchester United Europe is 

Here we go... here we go... or do we? Is Manchester 
United Europe left on the substitutes bench? 



I The Simpsons 



Where are we? The planet Corn ball? Bart, 
Homer and Marge chill out on the Amiga 



RODLAND 



Cute to look at and great fun to play with. 
Its Michelle Pfieffer, No its Rodland, 

Last Ninja 3 26 

Yet more black pyjamaed ninja ry in 
the most ambitious Ninja game yet. 






All the latest news fom the 
games front, lovingly beaten out of 
unsuspecting software houses by your 

caring, sharing Gamer 



If you go down to the zoo today... a sneak 

preview of the new arrivals in a software 

house that calls itself ELECTRONIC 

ZOO. Bring your own peanuts 



Mega-Lo-Mani a 28 

Attack of the unnecessary hyphens from 
Imageworks. Watch out Powermonger! 



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beans on the latest from the Amiga games scene 

OUTRUN EUROPA- US Gold 

US Gold are a busy lot Not content 

with having produced two Outrun 
garnet iftey'te currently putting the fin- 
ishing: touches to a ehird . As the name 
suggests., the aebon has swapped From 
the wide open roads of the good old 
US of A to the tnjjmpy and winding 

roads or good old Europe, 
The scenery isn't the only thing that 

has changed, however The Ferrari has 

seen some action, so you've got some 

extra transport to help you travel across 

beautiful Europe. Of course, the Ferrdfi 

f 40 is still parked on your driveway, but 

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ing yourself using a choice of either a 
high powered jet ski or a turbo-charged 
speed boat- 
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only must you keep your eyes open for 
trie local police and secret agents, but 
you also have those infamous French 
motonst to contend with. These chaps 
atone can reduce even the most experi- 
enced driver to tests -just ask anyone 
who's teken a holiday in Francel Loot 
out fa* it in Septembef. 



Fan! of Francis Ford Coppola s 
renowned Godfather series will be 
pleased to learn that US Gold have 
snapped up the rights to put the Cor- 
leone family's antics on to the Amiga, 
Not wanting to screw up, US Gold 
have put this rather hefty job in 
the hands of French developer 
Delphone, the braini behind US 
Gold i great little murder mystery 
title. Cruise For a Corpse. 
The game is based on the aspirations 
and business intentions of the God- 
father and the Cerleone family. As 
always, someone is trying to muscle 
In pn the action and its your job to 
protect the Corleone family's 
Interests using whatever meant 
are at your disposal- 
This usually means pumping someone 
full of lead, so there s bound to be 
lots of violence. Look out for it soon. 

IJ S COLD PRESENTS 



Greetings and sanitations. Wefcome to the inaugural issue of Ga> 
a completely new concept in games cove/age, but then so was 
boy. This 32 page full-colour supplement aims to complement the i 
erage of the latest hardware and serious software in the rest of I 
magazine by keeping you up to date with the essential games reh 
et of the month, what to look out far and what to avoid like a p 
uJarfy promiscuous plague. 

We have devised an entirely new ratings system that will gfve j 
art lit depth score to back up the opinions In the text of our review 

The system covers four essential areai all marked out of five Qf 
Gongs. Vision; does the game put you in mind of the Cistine Ch* 
or a chicken Jiver* Audio: Hfe we talking about a Nigel Kennedy *> 
rience or something far more enjoyable? PlaynbiJity: Do phrases ft 
"Fun and Easy to use" spring to mind or is it more "Oh my, oh 
this really is Far too difficult 7 And finally. Addiction: Would j» 
rather be monitoring Open University fashion than playing t> 
game? 

To back up the marks out of five we then give an overall percer 
age, the established and accepted method of marking games, but * 
have brought it up to date by using the Gamer Gongs. 

Not only do we have reviews but we have Onwards, the mom* 
news and previews section brings you all the bits of up to the minufc 
game info that you tan bore you friends with at parties, On top of e 
this we have plans for two occasional features: The Source, giving tt» 
low-down on a software companies upcoming releases; and Face 
Face, interviews with programmers, minor celebs, and anyone el: 
who fancied being interviewed when we need to fill pages. In shoi 
a complete mini-magatirte for the AMC reader looking for def rniti 
game coverage, 

To cap it ail we are giving away the Hakpaks, your definitive llk> 
fax sized cheat, tip, and password guide to alf those games lym. 
around your cupboard that you couldn't finish. Generous' does not 
begin to capture the nature of the Gamer staff. 
You're going to love it! Jools. 



ROBIN HOOD 



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FINAL BLOW 

- Storm 

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liant arcade machine, the game aflk 
you to slog it out in the boxing r 
against 10 of the toughest fighters I 
the world, 

Using almost full screen sprites, 
action is so hot that even Mike Ty 
would probably throw in the towel 
all this has you punch drunk vrt 
excitement, you can check it out 
September. 



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Tne Bonanza Brothers will be pleased 
to learn that Mebo and Roto will be 
making an appearance on the Amiga 
very soon. These two unlikely charac- 
ters have been hired to r 
test the security system 
of a famous TV star. 

MDbo and Robo 
must infiirjBfte a number 
of high security build- 
ings, collecting evi- 
dence which will show 
up (laws in the TV Star's 
security system. This 
certainly isn't goung to 
be an easy job. though. 
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Plan Nine From Outer 
Space - Gremlin 

Gremlin have lost the plot, official! in a fit of unbridled socialism - there can be no 
other reason to throng this sort of money away - Gremlin have thrown ca- 
tion, and a fair chunk of mar profits to the wind and bought the licence to the 
worst film ever made. 

They claim to have spent, ooh, minutes in negotfattans and fought off stiff 
competition from someone they just cant quite remember in the race to sign up 

this, erm. title. - 

The game follows the ptot of trie original film, in which an alien rate, naving 
failed m their attempts to invade eight times previously, hit on the ingenious|nh| 

plan nine. 

This cunning plan invokes reanimating the corpses of the recently deceased 
humans ark) guiding them by remote control to winder ground the towns and 
cities with their arms outstretched looking upset. 

Featuring over 50 digitized sequences from the film, and programmed by Pixel 
Productions, formerly with Cinemaware - they must be desperate - it will be 
released with the least amount of fuss possible in carry 1 992. 



Super Space Invaders - Domark 

1*7 WD. T*» world would never I* the same again- The western wi 
was Invaded by six foot tall machines with a pixellated gorilla on 
side Never again would you be abf* to enjoy a tfetent pint without h 
ing those Immortal sound effects: "Dum, dum. Dum, dum. Dum, Dum 

Well Space Invaders Is back. Super Space Ihm*" ***** D*>""™ 
updated UK classic that started it all, bringing In power ups, enrhof f 
mega-guardians and brand new attack formations that look set to b 
the mother of all arcade inadilnei bang up to dat* In your living room 

Super Ipa« Invaders will be available from Domark in October 
£24.99. Look out for it 



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Grand Prix - Microprose 

Billed as a Formula One simulation, Micropraie's Grand 
Prix brings to the small screen 16 'accurately mapped" 
199! Grand FriR tracks and 26 cars from all trie well 

known teams. 

Each car will be carrying the colours or its. team, from 
Ligier to Madaren and Williams, and all will start the sea- 
son by driving the way they drove in the 1 990 season - 
wont be seeing much of Mansell then, 

The game, programmed by Geoff Crammond of Revs 
and Stunt Cat Racer fame, features four difficulty levels, 
manual gear bones, (wooohl), all the lun of a pit stop 
and much, much more. I should hope so too., because 
when it gets released in November Microprose will be 
charging a wopping £34,99, 



The original receded more accolades than you could shake an 
Oscar at in 1 986, The sequel appeared on the PC nearfy a year 
ago and now you folks out there in Amigaland can finally 
enjoy the thrill that is Silent Service II. /Viem. 

The new missions Include trying to sink a massive Japanese 
aircraft carrier in the harbour, and controlling a German U- 
boat in the South Pacific which is trying to sink Allied shipping. 
There will also be a campagrvsryle scenario which allows you 
to develop a career as a submarine commander 

The Ships and submarines will be represented by digitized B 
photos of the real thing taken from 24 angles. There should 
be no angle left unturned. 

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Df Devious ii a world renowned abrtrart scientist |whait does he do, uu 
polka dot themicals7| but he has gone slightly mad. Well, he's gone very 
mad actually but who's counting? 

The problem is thai Or Devious is very inspired by the art from Picasso i 
Cubist period, and his mad genius has developed a machine than can turn 
the worW into a Cubist representation of Itself. 

But first he has to practise, ami to do so he chooses well known monu- 
ments and easily recognlable object* from around the world and turm 
them Into Cubist abstracts. 

But one man can save the wort* J J Maverick. Onfy he, under your con- 
trol, can save the world from a fate worse than Rubik. 

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'here are many pills and 
potions which claim to be 
able to cure baldness. 

Strangely enough, there has never 
been- a product which can actually 
accelerate oaJdness. UnS now. 

Simply play Nebulus 2 for a few 
hours and marvel as you tear huge 
chunks of hair mom your scalp in frus- 
tration. That's fight Nebulus Z is a plat- 
form game, and quite a nippy little 
number it if too 

We've all seen platform games 
before Ever since Chuctcte Egg flickered 
on to the screens of the BBC we've 
been inundated wrth them. Spacemen, 
miners, moles and hedgehogs hdve all 
appeared art our screens, and all had 
one thing in common; an uncontrol- 
lable urge to jump on to any hcriiontal 
surface with a merry beep. Pogo also 
suffers from this affliction, which is just 
as well - after aU, rt'd be a pretty boring 
game if he didn't 

As in the anginal NebuJus, Pogo 
must mate his W(*y to the top of the 
slowly rotating towers and claim them 
back from the evil UncFe. Scary name. 




Pith a lower - any Www 

huh? Once he has achieved this, he has 
to mate his way back down again to 
repair all the damage infficted by that 
nasty a)' Line. 

Then he hops Into a waiting chop- 
per [settle down at the back| and flies 
off to the next tower,, via the obligatory 
bonus level. There arc eight towers, but 
as you have to go up them, then 



down, it's really more like 1 it. Now I 
may be being picky, but if you had to 
rescue 1 h towers from a multitude of 
nefarious monsters, wouldn't you 
choose someone a little more, well, 
macho? Apparently noL. The blokes in 
charge want Pogo, a small green blob 
with no arms, Who are we to argue? It 
wouldn't be Nebulus 2 otherwise would 




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it? Which leads us, in a roundab 
way, to the game, 

Fof those who are familiar with I 
first Nebulus, it's similar to that, it 
away and have a quick game 
explain the concept to whoever . 

OK, imagine your standard piarJn 
game. Now take the platforms and w*j 
them round a tower. Add some tun 
from one side of the tower to the ■ 
and sprinkle liberally with nasties 
traps, and that's basically Nebulus 
can make a model using a toilet roll | 
a Cornflakes packet if it makes it 
clearer, but get a responsible adult I 
help 

Now, the rest of you can stop | 
Nebulus and come back. From here i 
things are different. This time Pogo i 
various power-ups to help him along 

Not really weapons as such, the 
bonus items are picked up from 
along the way and bless Pogo with : 



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essentials as a jet patfc which rockd 
hrm round the tower Killing everythm 
in his way; magnets to lift him up to ca 
tain platforms; the spookily named A 
Seeing Eye which allows Fogo to have 
peek at what Ires in store; jumping boa 
which have rtr Jordarvstyle sote to gw 
that extra boost; and (natter transports 
which can teleport Pogo from one pa 
to another. 

Also available are keys which, belie* 
it or not, open locked doors. These icon! 
add a much needed element of strateoj 
to the game as they are hard to find and 
often essential to your progress. 

This is what lifts fago-A^o-Go aboin 
the morass of current platformers 
There's always a way out of a fix, it jus 
depends on careful selection and use a 
icons. 

Nebulus 2 has been resurrected fron 
the ashes of Hewson Software by Infa 
nal Byte Systems and 21st Centur 
Entertainment. They've stayed clos 
enough to the original for it to be fun I 




Jfay, but altered the gameplay to make 
tie bit more 90s. 
The graphic! are clear and colourful 
m&i pfenty of variety. AIJ manner of 
•ercf and wonderful creatures inhabit 
** tawen and no two towers are ever 
1 JHie On top of that there's a neat little 
pcture of Uncle on the Ironr end, get- 
ting more and more Irate as you 
progress further through the game. 

it's nice to see that the scrolling of 
J* towers is beautifully fluid, as in the 
first game, which helps to make the 
game a littfe easier on the eye. 

The sound is brjght and chirpy, with 
twie atmospheric howling winds the 
Ughet you go. The tune at the begin- 



ning is unremarkable but quite ade- 
quate given the quality of the sound 
effects. The lifts dank and treat, the 
magnets hum and give off metallic 
clangs when they hit a platform and the 
Jet pack roars m a satisfyingiy jet pack- 
like way. 

But where Nebulus 2 really scores 
weil is in the gamepJay stakes, It's 
fiendishly difficult, out a password sys- 
tem means that you needn't go through 
all the levels every time you play. 

There's also an option to play only 
the 'up" towers, only ■down' tower; or 
all the towers, which gives you a chance 
to at least try other levels apart from 
level one. However, be warned, before 



you begin playing pop out and buy a 
nice, smart wig! 

Contact with monsters doesn't kill 
you, it just knocks you off your perch 

and sends you down a few platforms. 
just after you spent 15 minutes getting 
there. Aaaarghl But you soldier on, 
swearing blind that this is definitely your 
last go. This is the sort or game that 
you'll love and hate- 
Not realty a game for beginners, but 
veteran platform fans should lap ft up. If 
you re looking for a new challenge, 
and don't readly mind going prematurely 
bald. Nebulus 2 should fit the bill 
quite nicely. 

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What with the recession, 
rising interest rates and 
the price of a pint edging 
ever nearer to two quid, the building 
trade has enough problems on its plate 
without those presented by new Ger- 
man company Eclipse in this game. 

Mi Bob is having probrems with his 
construction sites - problems that make 
it almost impossible for his guys to do 
any wort. 

It all started when some forest crea- 



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ered [hey had a fetish for that 
flesh that hangs out of the back of i 
construction workers ageing Levis, 
started by gating from afar but 
soon became more and more bold. 

Then they realised that they 
had a bigger fetish for the building I 
of the guys with the bum cleavage 
at night they crept on to the sites 
stole every tool they could carry. 

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The timing of this game is 
probably a little dubious. 
There is no obvious tie-in with 
the athletics, apart from the season 
itself, nor is there a big name licence. 
On top of that, the Olympics aren't until 
newt year. 

Basically there is no obvious reason 
to release an athletics game whtth offers 
nothing new. If the game was stunning- 
ly playable that would have been no 
problem - sadly there is not even that to 
recommend it. 

Joystick waggling makes up the bulk 
of the 1 types of events, except the 
longer distance runs and the 
steeplechase. Jumping events and the 
javelin make use of what is called the 






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Angle Sweep, positioned on one side of 
the mfo panel in the top left of the 
screen, 

This is triggered by hitting the fire 
button, the idea being that if it is hit far 
enough in advance, but not too far, it 
will sweep through the optimum angle 
of 45 degrees at the moment the jump 
is triggered automatically Meanwhile 
you are furiously waggling to get maxi- 
mum speed in order to make the great- 
est distance. 

The fact that the jump is triggered 



automatically takes away the one real*] 
tic aspect of the game, and ainyone \ 
a strong wrist can waggle their way | 
success very guickfy. 

The same applies to the throw* 
events but this time the fire button 
used to catch the athlete as he is facin 
the right way, and the constantly mov-j 
mg Angle Sweep is at the optimum ce 
tral point. The energy level created 
the waggling is shown at the right 
the info panel. This juggling of the threel 
elements, energy, drection and angle, c [ 



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■s workmen have rto tools. You take 
control erf one Beastie Buster known as 
By, the best guy for the job by ail 
aunts. But then that U probably 
»nre to do with him being the only guy 
fcr the job rather than any particular 
aptitude Tor his profession. He is 
■replayed to guard each building site at 
ftght and destroy any of the Mad Mea- 
ne he may come across on his travels. 

He chooses a rather unusual method 
to do this - he fills them with com- 



pressed helium and watches them float 
up into the sky. If he gets really clever 
he can push them off the screen, remov- 
ing any other Meames ihey may hit dur- 
ing their brief Right to oblivion. 

When the meanies are inflated they 
drop all the tools that they have stolen. 
Leroy can collect these for a bonus 
when he returns them to Mr Bob, after 
he has finished each site. 

The levels are played against the 
clock with you losing a life if all the 



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Mearwes are not inflated when the sands 
of time run dry. If you feel that this may 
be an impossible task then the game 
can be played by two in a joint effort to 
reduce considerabiy the atmosphere's 
heiium supply. 

This pf a [form-based game features 
nearly 50 levels erf Meanie bashing but it 
is not enough to stop you thinking that 
this game would probably have been 
more suited to the ZX Spectrum some six 
or seven years ago. Even then the playa- 
birity is just not there. What starts off as 
vaguely diverting soon gets repetitive. 

t was expecting something far better 
from a company run by a programmer 
who had close involvement with the 
project. Must try harder. 



Clildish and simplistic graphics 

can soroeUmes be excused, 

but net hew, 

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A good idea but is loo easily conquered: 
my third throw of the hammer netted 
ne nearly 30 metres, 

The running events under 400 
metres come down to nothing more 
your basic waggle: the stronger 
the wrist and the higher the level of 
stamina, the better you wiJI perform. 
Still, physical strength and stamina are 
*hat athletics are all about aren't they? 

Above 400 metres it ■comes down 
D tactics. The idea is to use the 
joystick to adjust the level of 
energy expenditure: the more 
energy you use the faster you 
will go but the quicker you 
wiN collapse, exhausted. The 
idea is to get a balance that 
wiM see you run out of ener- 
gy just as you cross the fine irr 
Irst place. Trial and error will soon 
sort this out. 

Finally, we come to the 
steeplechase, and again it is 
too easy. The com 
puter controls 
your running, 
all you have 
to do is time 
the leap over 



the hurdles. This is triggered by the fire 
button; five minutes practice and you re 
laughing, ifs no real challenge. 

Not all the events have to be entered 
- you may choose to focus on single 
events for the sake of practice - but 
those with a strong wrist will find that 
after half an hour all the events have 
been successfully mastered. Or you can 
take part in the fufi cham- 
pionship and fight 
for the title. Either 
way you Id prob- 
ably regret it, 

you see. not 

only does the 

garnepfay fall 

woefuify short 

of adequacy, 

but the graphics 

are truly dismal. 

amateur in the 



extreme, and the sound comes down to 
nothing more than a few oohs and aahs 
at the end of the event - and even these 
have to be loaded indiwduaJly rrom disk, 
My advice is that I would be ioathe to 
pay out £7.99 for this on a budget label. 
but paying full price is well out of the 
question. This has nothing more going 
for it than the novelty of being so poor. 

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The middle of level Oft? I«i thii ugly creature determined 10 Hop you 
getting further. Three heavy sholi to line eye Will HlMy JOrt him out 



ow some might consider 
you lucky, others may con- 
sider you the unlutkiest 
person a live At the moment, as your 
ship careers through deep space, you 
may welf side witfi the former. You will 
soon change your mind. 

Delta Space a a mysterious section of 
the Universe. Very little of it has been 
explored. Well, the buses were rather 
irregular so no-one ever quite got 
around to it. 

Those who did get to- see the place, 
usually because they fell asleep on the 
way home from the pub, reported a sys- 
tem of five planets which were all part 
of the Asian Empire, based on the 
largest planet of the system. 

Each of the planets is populated by 
intelligent forms of life. None of them 
have heard of Stock, Aitken and Water- 
man. However, they being militarily 
wea< the fascist pianet of Aala found 
no trouble whatsoever in marching in. 
crunching the daffodils and nicking all 
the kids' sweets, 

It seems they also had a strange affin- 
ity for grabbing all (he benches by the 
pool before you could get down there 
in the morning. 

Now they have set their sights on 
somewhere else, somewhere more dis- 
tant somewhere far more beautiful. No. 
not Stansted Airport, but the Planet 
Earth - that radiant blue pearl in the 



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black fabric of space. Wot slov* 
uptake, though, the Pfanet Earth of l 
23rd century is more ttian aware of i 
imperialistic threats of the overbea 
Asians. Long-range scanning - etfi, 
tonally long-range, actually - has I 
detecting the military build-up outside i 
rheAalan system for the past few j 

But the blue eyed boys and gin: 
the Planet earth were more than re 
for the challenge. They had assent 
massrve force. 

The plan is to liberate and ally 
with the four smaller planets 
of the system, relying 
heavily on the activi- 
ties of the resistance 
movements of the 
oppressed planets 

to dboreedy place 
extra weapons 
pods along the 

chosen attack path, 
Once the planets' 

defences have been 
destroyed, bypassed, con- 
quered and quite unreservedly 
slapped on the wrist by the hum^i 
force, the governor of the pfanet, usua* 
ly exceptionally large, must be conrromJ 
ed and bfasted. 

This must be done for each of the 

four planets. Then they must be down 

through again so that the remnants of 

the Asian sympathising population can 

be wiped out. J think one of the 

planets may well have been called 

Dresden. 

Ail well and good, but soon 
after the attack was launched it al 
went tragically wrong. The crafty 
Asian fleet sneaked up behind the 
human fleet, shouted boo and 
blasted them to kingdom come 
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valuable time ai you try to nunouwrre in a very tight area- 



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creature will not give you much 
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on the question of luck 
comes in. 

You see, you sur- 
vived, initially, 
by a Winding 
stroke of 
good luck, 
Then as ypu 
slowly spin 
through deep 
space contemplat- 
ing exactly where 
r did put the toilet on 
your one-man fighter it occurs 
to you that as (tie sole survive* you fwe 
no choice but to single-handedly take 
on (he whole Man fleet. 

It soon becomes too late to find the 
toilet as you realise you are the unfucki- 
est man ariue, bat you have to live with 
it as you wariry fly into the greedy sights 
of the enemy fighter s. It is entirely up to 
you to save the world, you poor 
schmuck, 

The more aware of you out there wiJI 
have twigged chat this actually translates 
into an eight-level shoot- 'em-up that 
may well be haifed as "Bloody Difficult 

m\~ 

The game is very much in the style of 
R-Type, even down to the weapon that 
increases its power the longer you 
depress the lire button, If you teU the 
fire button that its mother has died the 
gun gets reaslly powerful. 

The gameplay takes it a step further 
by animating parts of the scenery to 
make some areas of the level more of a 
punle-solving exercise than an index fin- 
ger exercise, These kind of decisions 



have to be made very quickly as the 
screen continually scrolls to the left. The 
indecisrve will soon be lost in a shower 
of spark!, 

The gameplay is extremely fast deci- 
sions have to be made and reaction can- 
not afford to be slow., and this will make 
the game seem nearly impossibfe for the 
first few goes, But the few things you 
ream at each attempt can be used to 
gradually progress farther into the game 

After a while each, session will take 
you a little bit further. This style of 
gameplay means the challenge ii high 



but the interest and addictiveness 
are maintained as each gam* reveals a 
little bit more to tease the player into 
another game. 

Tfw graphics are of a very high quali- 
ty, the ship animates superbly, there are 
a wide variety of aliens, and the 
between level screens are up to Psygno 
sis' standards 

Sound effects give a thumping sound- 
track but the effects are very good, if a hi- 
de below the standard of the other ele- 
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start again. This njirn the continuity and 
doesht do much for your patience. 

This game is a conversion form the 
C64 original, and fifsey have managed to 
maintain the standards that made that 
version so playable. If you miss buying 
this you may well be laughed at by small 
chidren. 

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tand by for one of the best 
football games this season 
Krisalis Software, after scoring 
an own goal with the original Manch- 
ester United, nave scored a stunner with 
the sequel, Manchester United Europe. 

The game, as is obvious from the 
title", ties in with Manchester Unrted's tri- 
umph in the European Cup Winners 
Cup, What would Krisalis have done if 
United had been soundly thrashed by 
Barcelona in the final? Maybe "Tranmere 
Rovers, The Play-off EditionT To say the 
least, its a big improvement on the orig- 
inal, with better graphics, sound and 
playabilHy. 
As Manchester United you can 



Manchester UnJtrtt'i k*ky 
datofltt pf tpar for another 
debiting free kick from 
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Bryan Ronton acts totally 

out of character 



controlling the outfreldefs for each ■ 
and the other two contrpli 
goalies. 

Other icons include chose For torn 
at Unrted's and your apponen: 
tics and watching the results ana 
tures of the European compe: ■ 
laughing as Wrexham go out in tn 
round. 

The in-game animations are 
impressive, such as the gaalkt 
punching out the ball and the \ 
finger of the referee as your j 
booked or sent off, 

Amiga users with a I meg mm 
are treated to the graphical detoghc 
substitute. Before coming on the fk 



Here we go... Here we go.,. Here we go... or do we? 

MANCHESTER UNITEI 

KRISALIS ■ £25.99 ■ l/2meg ■ Joystick ■ Out now 



choose to play In either the European 
Cup, the Cup Winners Cup or the U.EFA 
Cup, and if you are lucky enough or 
gooo" enough to win one of these cups, 
you are entered in the World Club 
Championships. 

The control method in the game has 
been altered and improved. You can 
now head, batkhee), chip and volley the 
pal, as well as using aftertouch to curl 
and swerve it to perfection. All throw- ins, 
free kicks and corner kicks are now con- 
trolled by a large yellow cursor which 



you position on the field, then simply 
press fire to throw or kick the balf. 

Jn between playing important cup 
matches you can choose to play friendly 
matches against great teams like Red 
Star Belgrade, Bayem Munich, Liverpool 
Ceftic, and several others from Albania, 
Norway and other smaller countries. 

Krisalis hai/e even managed to repro- 
duce the other teams' club badges but 
not the players' names, so you get Mark 
Hughes and Lee Siharpe playing against 
the likes of A Pratt (Honestff and other 



such made up names. But can you 
name Dinamo Bucharest's first team 
squad? No, neither could Krisalis. 

On the main menu, which sports 
quite a funky tune, the other icons are 
found. These enable you to save the 
game and change the length of a 
match, or the manager's name. You can 
also alter the number of players from 
one up to four, although you can only 
have three or four players If you have 
the special four player adaptor, in a four 
prayer game you could have two people 



play he can be seen doing his wa 

exercises, running up and 1 down 
touchline. taking off his tracksurl 
exchanging positions with the piajj 
coming off, 

One of the best animations is 
wben you finally get to put the i 
the back of the net and the deiirj 
goalscorer runs down the pitch 
slides on his knees, taking the app 
and cheers from the ream's adoring i 
while the rest of the team do 
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o, here we are, crouching 
behind a novelty waste bin 
^ fin the shape of a rather dilap- 
idated panda] in the Electronic Zoo. 
We'd better have a peep at the new 
exhibits before the lookeeper catches 
us. 

First a quick ride on the kiddies tram 
ride around "Unconvincing Plastic 
Dinosaur World". Aha 1 What have we 
here' There's definitely something lurk- 



ing in the dark recesses of that smelly 
hut. It's probably something highly dan- 
gerous. 

According 10 the littte perspe* plaque 
hanging (opsideclly from the chicken 
wire it's tardiaxx [shoatentuppus 
horiiamalis], more in the mould of 
Defender than the rest of the current 
batch of shoot- em-ups that seem to 
favour ftVfype as a major influence 

Due for release m September, it looks 



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like it's going to blow away every oHV 
shoot- em-up around 1 , purely on 0* 

strength of the playabriity. But being i 
intrepid reporter I am. I venture into 8* 
lair of the beast. A quick leap over V* 
feme and we're away, hawing a go rr 
the demo version. 

Ber-|imeyl I should have read By 
warning sign. "This game is highl) 
addictive, do not pray without at least l 
couple of days to spare.' I'd better ha* 
another look at that plaque. 

Apparently when the game is fm 



A fiendish Mitt* afteftaMng a 
kicking from (he lf.ro* tout Cardial 



The rtf points Id the spot and Bfi*n Cheeky" 
• NltCialr takei the United penally - and in true 

i Red Devil s tradition mine* completely 




L« Sharp* en tht left wllrfl, 
funning ring* attend thoie 
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out and getting injured and bang trans- 
'erred to some out of the way Italian 
football club, but punching both their 
arms into the air with delight,, bringing 
back memories of the last World cup. 

Manchester United is a great football 
game' with high-quality graphics and 
good sound. The only minor complaints 
are that sometimes your players tend to 
slow down, and the computer difficulty 
tevel is sec quite high. But apart from 
that it's really rather good. 

A word for Kick. Off owners who are 



looking for a change from Anco's classic: 
this is slightly slower with a different 
viewpoint and simpler rules, but it 
doesn't beat Kick Off. 

Although Manchester United Europe 
has had a fine shot at goal in reducing 
the gap between Kick Off and other 
football games, it was always going to 
be the underdog. 

And after the final whistle, Brian, ifi 
Kick Off I, Manchester United Europe 1 
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ished it will comprise five levels of gut- 
busting action, and the programmers 
plan to slip in a few Irttte extras to make 
the gameptay that bit better". One thing 
they have in mind is to make it possible 
to collide with the scenery at the bottom 
and the top. but not to mate it fatal. 
The ship will be able to take a few 



hits before eating vapour, and in certain 
sections some expert flying will be 
required to avoid bouncing your way 
down a very thin corridor . 

Of course, this version is a mere cub 
of a game, but if it manages to retain its 
playability into maturity it could be well 



your local software emporium in 
September, 

Moving right along we discover 
another new addition, in a cage nett to 



the monkeys with big red bottoms. Stop 
giggling at the monkeys and pay atten- 
tion. This is much more interesting. 

What we have here is Son of Zeus 
(Holeplayerus AdventuramiJ. This rare 
Greek beast is rumoured to sport over 



Never, ever get in the way of the 
Cyclops Pertnlrt* rambling group 



40 animated monsters from legend 
including Poiytbcmus. the Cyclops, and 
a giant octopus, each of which features 
its own digrtrsed sound effects to add to 
the atmosphere 

[Adopts David Attenborough. 
hushed, ow of breath tone | The Son of 
Zeus has orty one purpose in life - to 
retrieve the 12 parts of a shattered stone 
and (tee the gods who are impnsoned 

Olympus. This is achieved by moving 
through a 3D world and interacting 
with ihe peopte of the various cities to 
obtain information and weapons. 

Weapons? Yes. weapons, for Son of 
Zeus is a dab hand with all manner of 
implements including bow and arrows. 
swords and dubs. Visually it's a stunning 
wee beasty Just look at the detail and 
colour Df its piumacjie If It moves half as 



welt as it loots then it should be one of 
those exhibits that everyone crowds 
around at feeding time 

Son of Zeus was discovered by Brian 
van do Pew and Mick Tinker of Aeon 
Design, cowering in a Conner Kebab. 
They took it home, nurtured it, sang 
warm tender songs about flowers and 
rabbits to it and helped it grow up big 
and strong just like an arcade adventure 
should be. Keep your eyes peeled for it 
when it escapes m the autumn, as it tan 
be tempted into your home for a mere 
E2S,9f -era saucer of bread and milk. 

Phew! How about a change of pace 
after all those violent games about 
killing, death and general nasliness? 
res? Thankfully the next new exhibit is a 
bit more sedate and ran be found 
housed in the Lots of Reptiles Sleeping >■ 

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If you come down to Fundamen- 
tals then rhe major development? 
0* the human rate, technological- 
ly and socially, can be put down to a 
handful of men and women who made 
the major breakthroughs, followed by a 
few more people- who capitalised on 
their predecessors" success. 

Take, for example, [he loin-clothed 
chappie who invented the wheel. Imag- 
ine it he had died or been kidnapped 
the night before finally finishing his 
secretive chiselling at the back of his 
cave. The wheef may never have been 
invented. 

It is possible that someone else may 
have come up with the idea but it Is 



Twin geeks? 



ZONE WARRIOR 

ELECTRONIC ARTS ■ £25.99 ■ t/2meg ■ Joystick ■ Out now 




Walk Ilk* an 
Egyptian 



more likely that his mates would have 
been sitting around a tampfire to (He 
day wondering what that brilliant idea 
of Arthur's was. having no idea but 
being utterly convinced it would come 
back to them if they didn't think about 
it and talked about something else 
entirely. To thu day the rofler-skate may 
never have arrived, 
What about the guy who discoverd 



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the power Df steam m ancient Gre 
Now if he had mysteriously dil 
peared, not only would we not hi 
been able to (ravel from Stockton to I 
lington in 1 825 but no one wc 
have invented that nice little whis 
thing that lets you know when the kt 
bote. 

Now, you may welJ be wonder* 
what the Sam Hilf this has to do w*n 
computer game. Well, the horre 
scenarios that I described, the dis 
ance of eminent figures in gur history 
the idea behind Zone Warrior. 

The Earth of the thirtieth century hi 
been under threat for years from 3 i 
of aliens known affectionately as 01 
Geeks. So far they haue managed i 
hoW the Geeks off but now that may ! 
extremely difficult. The Geeks have a, 
tured one or two prototype fin 
machines that the Earth's scientists I 
been developing. 

The Geeks plan to travel to key | 
in the development of mankind 
destroy the pioneers of (hat time i 
like the chap who invented the wh 
and like the chap who discovert 
steam. 

Vou have been chosen to travel I 
the remaining time machine and destra 
the Geeks before they manage to dis 
vent the wheel, and very probably dH 
vent your existence as an indirect 
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Flower power return; In Th* rtMglr. Garden 

Under Stones house Its name: The 
Magic Garden fStrangerus GameriJ, 

The Magic Garden looks to be a bit of 
a new concept in games After wiping 
the melted choc ice off the plaque we 
reveal a little of this curious creature's 
history, 

A long time ago, at about the same 
time that "Alio 'Alio" was still funny, 
Grobble the gnome was banished from 



his home for improvising the thrash 
metal remix of 'Careless Whisper' at a 
local karaoke night. 

As a penance for this heinous crime 
he was made id tend the King Gnome's 
garden. He's been there ever Since. The 
only way Tor him to return to his idyllic 
life is to grow the key to the garden 
gate on his key tree - quite an obvious 
solution really - but that takes time and 




Grabble the gnome corvttmputt! putting 
a brick Ih'cugh tltt Ming'] greenhouse 



whire he waits for his key to grow hr 
must keep the garden ticking over or 
else the King Gnome gets all uppity and 
pulls grumpy fates and has Grobble 
Burgers for tea . 

Unfortunately for our Grab this is no 
ordinary garden, Nay, 'tis The Magic 
tirirrien and so rnagrc things happen 
with distressing regularity. If the plant, 
get thirsty they get up and walk off, if 
the pond dries up the fish bounce away, 
as fish do, and of course there s rhs 
common everyday gardening hazards 
such as underground monsters who 
steal all the food, and gangs of Gnome 
skinheads who make a mess of the gar- 
den, just like they did to the one on 
Blue Peter 

All is not gloom and doom though 
because Grobble is blessed with a shed 
full of tools, a magic coat to carry 



October t°<M 



[me wheel wasn't invented when it 
[should have been your dad wouldn't 
■m knocked your mother of her Dike 
land seduced her on aw way to the hos- 

[ptal, and you would never have been 
torn. Jf you don't exist then the aliens 
rave free rein to go and wredt the rest 
f humanity and write a completely new 




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history for Earth, hoping the outcome 
wifl be that by 2967 civilization has 
ceased to exist, or at feast to be cmJ. 
Hell, it stopped doing that in the 20th 
century! 

Enough of the policies - what the hell 
does this game do? Well, tfs a platform 
game in which you control a character 
that has been described around Che 
office as Turncan on steroids, but I don't 
believe it's anywhere near that goad 
The main character's great and "well 
'ard" but the gamepiay is a bit short on 
action, 

The main foody involves leaping From 
Dlatform to platform, ducking and avoid- 
ing assorted immovable objects that 
hurt, like spikes or venus flytraps, and 
trying to shoot the Geeks that have oh- 
so-cunrangly disguised themsleves to 
match ttw surroundings. 

This bit is dead easy - rhe more diffi- 
cult bit is wandering around the maie- 
like levels and trying to find all the 
hostages, and the keys so that you can 
progress to the next level. 

it's fine while you are doing it but 
when you lose your third life at the end 
of one erf the levels it becomes a real 
chare, not a challenge, to carry on and 
do the whole level again. 

tf you can overcome this Chough, or 
play in short bursts, it can be ok, if you 
don't mind a lot of exploration and map 
reading, It reminds me of a pint of Ten- 
nents - if s good. .. but not that good- 



objects and a dragonfly who helps him 
zip around in record time. Perhaps an 
AK-47 asssauft riffe and some napalm 
would have made it a little easier, but 
The Magic Garden is strictly nonviolent. 
So dragonflies it is. 

The Magic Garden features some 
nifty graphics and gameplay not dissimi- 
lar to that so-called classic ■Et-oit game of 
yesteryear, Pedro - except The Magic 
Garden is much better. For those who 
■•"nt a different kind of challenge and 
tired of the mental strain of blowing 
.,■ ppap out of vet another alien inva- 
sion force, it could well foe worth a look 
when it's unveiled in mid-October for a 
trifling E2&.99 

The final under-wraps project is 
tucked away behind the Is ft Dead Or 
Just Sleeping? giant tortoise enclosure. 
Even as we approach its cage we hear 
the sufotle sounds of hardcore fur* beat- 
ing on our eardrums. So much for the 
quiet games. Another Jock at one of 
those oh so helpful praques tells us thai 
we are about to enter the Under Pres- 
sure enclosure 

Under Pressure (Saollerus Arcadera- 
mi| is, as you may have guessed, a 
return to those nobie moral codes of 
computer gaming; kill everything that 
moves, and then kill it some more until 
it's had enough, 

why though? why must we once 
more commit genocide on the inevitable 
alien hordes? Surprise, surprise! rour 
her half has been whisked 1 away by, 
id I quote, "the very mean and nasty 




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baddie". it's nice to see that Under Pres- 
sure doesn't take itself too seriously, and 
thrs is mirrored m its graphics. Our hero 
scans Dff as a rather groovy young ft*- 
low, complete with shell suit, baseball 
cap and phenomenally huge trainers. 

However, no matter how hip Troop 
tracksuits are, they aren't refcnowned lor 
their bullet-proof properties to it s 
advised to pick up some chunky robotic 
body armour along the way. It's less 
trendy and hard to dance m, but a lot 
safer if you're thinking of taking on The 
very mean and nasty baddie' and his 
entourage. 

Plenty af colour and big, bouncy 
sprites distinguish this animal from oth- 
ers of its iJk and put it firmly m the same 
family tree as the highly acclaimed Metal 
Mutant. SonicaJly, too. it is easily recog- 



nisable due to its 1 Z (unlcy times which 
punish your speakers as you pl^y 

The captors of this beast are ildrrteh 
(alias Mart McCubbin and Steve Wether- 
iil) and chey hope to have vast numbers 
of them tamed and taught to jump 
through hoops by early autumn Catch 
them on display in the shops then far 
E25.W, 

So that's the up-coming attractions at 
the Electronic Zoo. One shoot-'emup, 
one role-playing game, one arcadey 
scroller and, er. a game about gardens 
Not a bad little bunch m anyone's book. 

Of course they'd probably be happier 
m the wild, but then we wourdn't get 
our sweaty hands on them would we? 
Now all I have to do is sneak out of here 
without being caught. . 



Just lome of 

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1 Manchester United Europe 

2 TV Sports Footbalf 

3 Full Contact feb| 

4 Fantasy World Dizzy 

5 Monkey Island 

6 PGA Tour Golf 

7 Eye of the Beholder 

8 Xenon 2 

9 Lombard RAC Rally 

10 North and South 

1 1 Pro Boxing 

12 little Puff 

13 F1 5 Strike Eagle II 

1 4 Ninja Rabbits 

15 Rainbow Collection 

16 Treasure Island Dizzy 

1 7 Defender of the Crown 

1 8 The Games - Summer Edition 

19 3D Pool 

20 Lemmings 



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Krisalis 
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Team 17 
Code Masters 
US Gold 
Electronic Arts 
US Gold 
Mirror Image 
Hit Squad 
Digital Integration 
Code Masters 
Code Masters 
Microprose 
Micro Value 
Ocean 
Code Masters 
Mirror Image 
Kixx 

Mirror Image 
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£9.99 
£9.99 
£6.99 
£29.99 
£2 5.99 
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£9.99 
£7.99 
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£6.99 
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Man Utd Europe and in* 
re-release of TV Sport] 
have come in like the 
bullet from nowhere into 
two i pott. The i hock of 
meteoric Hie sent forme* 
one M 5 II from Mkropr 
meting with only one 
burning down to the 
number 13. Can the fatal 
arretted In time? 

Team 171 Full Contact 
hanging In there, only 
one place to number ihr 
the ubiquitous Owleimarten 
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shuffling but there are no real 

rises. 
Further down the chart Kick Off 
Tactici bangs in there at 
40, Lemming* enjoys con- 
tented success, swelling the Fiyo- 
ssls coffers at number 20 
The worrying thing is that the 
I top 40 features only 1 4 ruf I price 
fames. This may look up however 
*j the market goes into overdrive 
[tor Christmas and i\t the decent 
full price titles start appearing 
from the woodwork. Let's hope so 
because the first sign of a market 
hi trouble is the proliferation of 
budget titles. 



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Beach Volley 


Hit Squad 


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22 


Armour-Geddon 


Psygnosis 


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23 


Miami Chase 


Code Masters 


£7.99 


24 


Gods 


Renegade/Mindscape 


£25,53 


25 


Dungeons W Everything 


Atlantis 


£6.99 


26 


Waterloo ^k Mirror Image , 


£9.99 


27 


World Class Leaderboard 


Kixx 


£7.99 


28 


Run the Gauntlet 


Hit Squad 


£799 


29 


Carrier Command 


Mirror Image 


£9.99 


30 


Hero Quest 


Gremlin 


£25.99 


31 


Rocket Ranger 


Mirror Image 


£9.99 


32 


Impossamole 


GBH 


£7.99 


33 


Railroad Tycoon 


Microprose 


£34.99 


34 


Life and Death 


Mindscape 


£25.53 


35 


Red Heat 


Hit Squad 


£7.99 


36 


Wings of Fury 


Respray 


£9.99 


37 


G's Elephant Antics 


Code Masters 


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Toki 


Ocean ^^ £24.99 


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Classic 4 


Energize 


£6.99 


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It had to happen. Move over Tur- 
tles, Bart's here. Ocean have 
snapped up the licence to convert 
the Simpsons game chat appeared first 
on the Nintendo Entertainment System 
(as opposed to the coirvopj. 

Being the cyme I am, I presumed that 
Ocean would simply re-do RoboCop 
with different graphics. After all, that's 
close to what they did with Batman, 
Total Recall, Navy Seals and pretty much 
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a pillock, have turned The Simpsons into 
a cracking Rttte game with enough char- 
acter tD make it stand on its own. 

The game has a truly incredible ani- 
mated opening, in it, Bart sees a UFO 
land in his garden through his X-Ray 
specs and sets off to stop the Space 
Mutants from taking over Springfieltf 
Throughout this clever opening scene 
the graphics are crisp and smoothly ani- 
mated and the sampled speech is as 
dear as a bell. 

Things don't go downhill from there 
either. The gameplay is fast and furious 
From the very start the player is present- 
ed wfth puzzles and aliens to solve and 
to avoid. 

The view is side-on although the 
comprehensive moves avariahJe allow a 
significant amount of interaction with 
the backgrounds. 

The game also scores well in that it 
gives the user a number of different 
ways to fulfill the main objective: 
Bart must prevent the 
afiens from col- 
lecting the 
rtems neces- 
1 sary to 
j build their 
I planet- 
I j" threatening 
I ) ray gun, 
' ' On level 
f / one (his means 
panting or cower- 
ing up anything pur- 
ple, and later levels 
offer such bizarre items 





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as hats, balloons, exit signs and nuclear 
power rods,, all of which must be 
r emoved. hidden of collected- 

The different ways to get these 
objects are never too obvious and some 
are fiendishly difficult although be tan 
make use of helpful items such as spray 
paint, rockets and catapults which he 
can buy with the coins that have been 
collected along the way. 

Afso available to help are the rest of 
the Simpsons. They can only be sum- 
moned by collecting enough proof of 
the aliens' existence to convince them to 
join the fray. 

The action is non-stop and rtiere are 
plenty of jokes along the way - for 
example, you can get Bart to ring Moe's 
Tavern and ask for Stu Piddidot or M 
Coholic. The challenge thai the game 
presents is quite considerable. 

This is not a game that can be beaten 
easily. It should take even the most 
hardened joystick, junky a fair while to 
get to the end of level one. never mind 
level fivel 

The graphics are beautifully drawn 
and the characters really do justice to 
the original cartoon, both in style and 
movement. The screen explodes with 
colour every inch of the way, looking for 
all the world like an episode of the 
'toon, 

Bart in particular is very weN animat- 
ti. M<ii *<v i! be pleased to hear thai in; 
lego person looks are faithfully convert- 
ed to Amigavision. 

Although the majority of baddies are 
simple bouncing space invaders, the 
programmers have remained faithful to 



Acdaims original and have managed to 
squeeze in various characters from the 
cartoon including Ndion the bully, Mar- 
vin Monroe the mad doctor, Ms Botz the 
babysitter bandit and, m they say, many 
more. 

The sound isn't bad - the tune is 
earthy but nothing more than a basic 
rendition of the series' theme tune, fit 
least it's not Lhat Bartman record! The 
sound effects aren't ground breaking, 
either, but in the thick of the action 
sound becomes secondary 

The game is certainly a joy to play 
and the programmers have generously 
given you tnree lives, although each life 
is capabfe of taking two hits. So that's 
really nearer six lives isn't it? Believe me. 
you'll need ihem. 

The game is cleverly written so as to 



Some of you out there may well be 
aware that the character that is tak- 



in Europe, started (ife with his fami- 
ly on The Tracy Ullman Show in 
America about four years ago. 

Bart and his ramify were such a 
success that they eventually got 
their own series. The rest of the 
marketing and T-shirt buying is. his- 
tory, 

The only problem now is that 
Tracy Ullman is suing Fo* Televi- 
sion Tor $30 million - what she caBi 
"her share of the profits". I get the 
feeling that Fo* Television wont 
pay up without a fight. This one 
could run and run. 



Ran taker up the Mghwlre to dodge the aliens 

let you glimpse a new and tantalising 
section each time you play. The first time 
you play you probably won't do very 
much, The next time around you get the 
hang of dodging the aliens and maybe 
even getting some of the objects from 
them. 

Carry on and you leam how to enter 
buildings to buy things, Then you reach 
the skateboard section and so it goes on. 

Just when you think you're about to 
eat your power pack in desperation 
[don t try this at home) you suddenly fig- 
ure out how to get that elusive object or 
dodge that pesky alien and off you go 
again for the umpteenth time. This 
game courd well cause many sleepless 
nights. 

This review is becoming a bit like an 
advert for Ocean so I'll have to find 
something to moan about. Well, it is 
annoying that the whole game is totafly 
joystick controifed 

Apparently, if you push up and left 
you run faster, but more often than not 
you'ff just jump diagonally and land on 
an alien 

The inventory is also quite hard to 
control and often results in unwanted 
selection of objects when you really 
wanted to move Bart down on his skate- 
board. But that's about it as far as 
moans go. 

So it's official. The Simpsons is brill. It 
could have been a real cock up - took at 
the Turtles game - but Ocean have 



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managed to duplicate the combination 
of laughs and gameplay that made 
Acclaim's original what it was. Who 
cares if i can't get off level one? I'm an 
underachiever and proud of it! 

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This game is bilJed as *So cute 
it'll make you puke." Hardly 
one of the most enticing or 
attractive pieces of copywriting I've ever 
encountered. In fact. I think 'Milwaukee, 
home of Che serial killer" is a far more 
•nviTing.. erm invitation. 

So what is this Rodland platform 
game gubbins all about? Well, it all 
starts in the fairy village - don't they all? 
- where something is definitely ap^The 
formerly chummy, pally,, dag- 
foody Inhabitants- of the village 
have been possessed by an evil 
force that was only previously 
kept in check by the presence of 
Mom. 

The sad thing is that our Mom 
has been kidnapped by the nasty 
chap who started buiang this evil 
force around in the first place. This. 
of course, means that none of the wee 
little furry things that ran around, shall 
we say, er, fouling, your garden can 
now resist this force. 

They soon become furry freaks that 
run around angrily messing in your gar- 
den as well as trying to kill you, And 
while aM this is going on. poor Mom is 







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locked up at the top of the Maboots 
Tower, screaming and wailing for help. 

Of course, anyone called Mom really 
ought to have some sprogs. She does: 
twD as it happens. 
Tam and Bit are 
understandably 
miffed at their Mom 
being kidnapped. 

There is only one 
solution; they dash oft to 
the Elder to grab his . 
Rainbow shoes and arm- I 
themselves with the ™ 
Bods of Sheesanomo, a 
gift from their magically inclined father. 
Now they are fully equipped to go 
around and wop all the angry furries 



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A mirnnr enplsilon doesn't (tWH to disturb 
the wMiylngly cheerful, or thwk, itarfiJH 



October 1»«1 



Squirrels, 

mutated PE 
bags and a few 
paniiti try to 
croirinte Tan 
and Bit of Uieir 
bvanrty 



over the head in an extremely viotert 
but insufferably cute manner, 

These creatures take many forms, 
from Jong eared rabbits to poly- 
morphs that lay out a very long 
tongue in an effort to catch you, 
not to mention the boomerang 
throwing starfish, gr the sharks 
that oy to elicit sympathy by cry- 
ing before you give them the 
final blow of the three that alt 
creatures must take. 

This is slightly misleading, in 
fact, because you don't hit them but 
use your rod to pick them 

^ I back and forth over 

t your rread banging them 
against the ground until 
: they disappear. If you're 
lucky they will turn into a 
bonus pick up - see details 
— j at top right of this screen. 
The pick-ups can range 
from bonus points to flying 
bombs and sticks of dynamite, all 
of which can be used to destroy 
the creatures Tor even more 
points. Strangely enough, Tam and 
fiit also have a remarkable talent for 
summoning ladders from thin air. 
Quite what relevance this magical 
ability woutd have in everyday life 
I'm not sure, it's nearly as useful as a 
camel that can swim, but in a plat- 
form game the benefits are marvel- 
lous. 

At will. Tam and Kit can sum- 
mon a ladder to give them access 
to areas of a platform that may be | 
blocked by the possessed crea- 
tures, Or, should the Jewel allow ! 
it, they can take a ride on some 
of the balloons that float up 
from the bottom of the 
screen from time to time. 
The malicious among you 
will take great pleasure in 



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gives a 

maitlvt 

flame instead 

of your rod. 

Extremely useful 






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The crystal i i one of the 
ben, pkk It up ind /t spew* 

Dut a shower of smaller 
crystals wtiirh destroy 
anything Hiey touch 



Trie speed icon 
makes you Juit 
that little bit 
quicker 



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lend lour colourful ha Iff 
wh izzing around the 
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baby, J just can t stop." Furry 

Freak city hlti the Amiga 

bursting your companion's balloon in 
a two-player game. 

Every level is Pull of pretty flowers 
[hat, when collected, give a 
small bonus. If you collect 
them aN before you kill all the 
creatures you are zapped into 
a bonus game where every crea- 
ture Tefr is turned into a radish 
that runs around in the usual 
aggressive manner- Every radish Utat 
gets bashed relinquishes 3 little ball that 
cycles through the letters of the word 
EXTRA - collect al\ the letters and you 
will receive a massive bonus. 

This bonus is most useful in two-play- 
er games where one pJayer takes, the 
role of Tarn and the other fift, Between 
fighting for the bonuses and collecting 
as many flowers as you can, teamwork 
goes out Df the window as the pitched 
battle for points rages onscreen. 

One-player (tough is nearly as much 
fun a; you dodge, climb and panic 
your way around the lumbering pota- 
to sacks, pathetic sharks and the 
radishes. Wot only do you have the 
day-today style creatures, after every 
I five levels or so you face a really tag 
I animal that can be a mutant bull, 
huge sperm whale (schoolboy 
humour alertl|, or dangerously 
large crab. What fun it 15! 

This conversion of tfie Jateco 
coifHip is better than the origi- 
nal, which suffered from being 




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Thtj twmb send s a 
plume of white Nght 
In cither direction, 
wiping out everything 
on your, level 



Run over the bomb and 

: Dies erf in the 
direction 
you are 

■ring. 
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careful 

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then 

because anything they 

destroy gives a bonus 




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its hair it a polymorph who 
Wanders aimlessly, while Kit 
fiat 1 rabbit trapped In the 
influence tldd of her rod 



The Urangtly detectable 

Morn languish*! In Jail 

an average copy, gamepiay- 
wise, of Bubble Bobble. But 
this version adds to the 
gameplay and intro- 
duces some nice 
graphic touches, 
These -appear when 
time is beginning to run 
out on the level: just before where 
the creatures turn into blue meanies 
and chase around madly, they find a 
piece or food and eat it. It is this (hat 
turns them into the aforementioned 
LennorVMcCartney creations 
For example, the rabbit 
will find a carrot, the 
monkey a banana and so 
on It all adds to the fun 
and the rest of the graphics match the 




ms, 



colourful, though admittedly sim- 
ple, screens Jtom the coirhop. 

Sound is unashamedly stereo- 
phonic, collapse on one side of the 
screen and the sound will come 
from the corresponding speaker. 
The pfayability is pretty good too, 
It's not too easy to begin with but 
the 40 odd levels should ensure that you 
get your money's worth, especially if you 
get the chance to play it with a friend, 

The only down point is that the 
gameplay might be considered by some 
to be a tiny weeny bit repetitive, but 
with the humour, the speed and the 
mixture of different creatures you soon 
forget that all you are realty doing is 
buifding ladders. 

J00I1 

The yellow ladders are 
part at the level, the red 
ind blue ones belong to 
Tarn and Bit 




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wipes out everything 

on her platform 



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Sharpen your shurikens for a second sequel 




NINJA 



SYSTEM 3 « £2^99 ■ 1/2 meg ■ Joystick/Keyboard ■ Out now 



The third instalment in this 
long-standing epic is about to 
be unleashed on the games 
buying pubSc. Our hero is set to return 
to Tibet to fate his arch enemy, the 
high pnest who turned evil and made 
life a tad difficult for the friendry neigh- 
bourhood ninja. 

Well, actually this is sort of (he fourth 
instalment but only the tfiind mat Sys- 
tem 3 are happy to endorse. When 
they were with Activision they did Last 
Ninja 1. and very successful it was too. 
but half-way (hraugh Last Ninja 2 they 
split from Activision, and signed the 
unfinished title ovw to them for fiiM- 
sion's inhouse team to finish. 

The game was then released and 
was acclaimed by ail and surety - the 
wortd, his wife and some of his more 
astute relatives - as being a bit of a 
dog. Now, System 3 were understand- 
ably a bit miffizd about this, especially 
as their logo was plastered all over the 
packaging in a rather obtrusive man- 
ner. 

So to redress the imbalance they got 
on with doing Last Ninja Kernis, « This 
Is How Last Ninja 2 Should Have Been 
Md We've Got Our Names As Develop- 
ers To Think About. This version 
received the now standard rave reviews 
and everyone was happy. 
Then having 



recovered in a typically bullish manner. 

System 3 set about work on the third 

and final instalment in the senes, imagh 

natively entitled Last Ninja 3. 
Back to the story... 
Like every flood ninja. our hero has 

finally come to that ultimate battle. He 
has reached the pinnacle of his physical 
and spiritual condition, he is at one 
with himself and everything around 
him, peace flows like nectar through his 
body, nothing can disrupt his state of 

mind. 

After meditating for what could have 
been an eternity, but was more likely to 
have been during the ads in Corona- 
tion Street fie has became aware of the 
task that lies before him. The evil aura 
that emanates from the Tibetan 
monastery where his nemesis awaits 
has reached him. and he knows that he 
is the only man on the planet who can 
even begirt to think about taking thts 
guy on 

Does this make him the stupidest 
man on the planet? Entirely possible - it 
also make him one big chuffing hero 
for the world, but no one will ever 
know of his epic struggle. Well, apart 
from you. 

The monastery is divided into five 
levels of consciousness where, follow- 
jng the impressive opening anima- 
tion that shows matey 





The UfHtttKinq jud«« tooki unimprMrtd 

boy sneaking over the wall, our hero 
most fight through hordes of soldiers 
and solve numerous puwles before conn- 
ing face to face with his arch foe, a 
demi-god slightly smaller than the 

Sphinx. 

The five levels represent the tour ele- 
ments of earth, wind, fire and water, 
the fifth being von* a norveiement that 
gives us the chance to see Ninja in 
space, sort of. 

Each level, while graduated accord- 
, ng to difficulty of the foes, presents the 



player with different puzzles that mum 
be solved if the level is to be completed I 
These puzzles generally involve finding I 
scroll that gives the key to the next level, 
and it may well be clearly visible but t) 
never easily accessible. 

For example, the first level P^J 
scroll over a hole in a ledge. ITs imposw 
bie to get to, but above the hole ofl 
another ledge is a rock. 

The idea Is to collect the items ym 
reed to make the rock fall - not too d* 
cult, but a bit of deduction is required to 





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suss out exactly what ii required. The 
fighting logic has been improved as 
well: Last Ninja Remix suffered slightly 
because the fight controls were wry 
complex, especially if you wanted to 
make your character turn around. 

These new controls are extremely 
straightforward: you just push your joy- 
stick the way you want Eo face in the 
time-honoured tradition. 

This, together with the bigger sprites, 



makes the fighting artogether more 
piayabfe. 

Fighting a bigger opponent gives 
you trie chance to build up your Bushh 
do Power. This is represented by a drag- 
on at the bottom the screen: when it is 
completely green you are at your maxi- 
mum, making it easier to fight. The 
problem is that if you and fights orjust 
blast away wnh rhe oW shortens, your 
Bushido is going to grow about as fan 



as a cactus. You have to fight a Jot bur 
you also need to become Familiar with 
weapons so that if you come across a 
nunchuka-wielding nasty you can fight 
him with your nunchukas and increase 
your Bushido from the experience. 

But why worry? Well, the thing is, if 
your Bushido is not high enough it will 
be nearly impossible to defeat the end- 
Df-teveJ guardian, and all this puzzle salv- 
ing and scroll finding would be in vain. 

The game keeps the same 3D isomet- 
ric viewpoint as in previous incarnations, 
and the sprite location has been 
improved so that the number of piUars 
or trees that the characters can walk, 
fight and pee behind has been 
increased, with no drop in quality. 

Another big improvement is in the 
sprite detection. Previously, when you 
felt the need to pick something up you 
had to be in a pixet-perfect position, but 
now as long as ft can be seen as avail- 
able to pick up, merely bending down 
will be enough to grab it. 

Graphically rt looks pretty sJicfc but it 
:ouldnt be called ground-breaking, 
apan from the apparent depth in the 
scenery. The gameplay is of a high stan- 
dard: the puatej are r*x as easy as you 
might imagine, but are of the kind that 
seem btindmgiy obvious once they ve 
beensdved 

Among this « the fighting of droves 
and droves of fractal arts 



experts who are more than willing to 
bend your knee backwards and call you 
Susan, 

Sound is nothing special and yo-u 
may find that the lune wilf soon annoy 
anyone in the area who isn't playing, 
but some bone-crunching contact 
effects go some way to make up for it. 

But this game is more about game- 
play than mind-blowing graphics, and 
these are more than .adequate, it has 
action and brain-teasing by the bucket- 
load, wetl worth a took. 

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Somewhere at the top of Che 
Universe is a large glass orb it 
used to be a sh million watt 
light burb but it popped about 30 yea" 
ago and no one could find a ladder big 
enough to change It. 

Inside this glass orb floats a planet - 
a watery globe with no more land than 
28 small islands. 

This planet is in the first stages of 
humanoid evolution, and four g«Hike 
deity types are looking to expand into a 
new mantel-place from where they can 
build a monopoly. 

They all happen across this planet at 
exactly the same time and they decide 
to take control or 1 00 men and fight for 
control or each of the islands one by 
one 

Vou can choose to play any one of 
the four gods and this allows the game 
to bring in four difficulty levels, the low- 
est meaning you collect a few rocks 
and chuck them about until the other 
side dies, the highest meaning you 
hang around a bit, invent something 
slightly more advanced and chuck that 
about until the other side dies. 

This victory will see you becoming 
the mam man of the island, but you 
then have to go on and: try to win the 
battles for the other two because only 
by winning all three can you become 
the head honcha of the Epoch. 
The Epoch is what divides the evolu- 



tion of the planet into nine separate lev- 
els. So just how do you go about win- 
ning an island? 

Well, each Epoch gives you an allo- 
cation Of 100 men, which you must 
divide in a wide and sagacious manner 
between the islands. Once the number 
gf men has been allocated, you must 
place your first fort in one of the square 
shaped sectors of the island. 

The order in which you and your 
opponent^) place your fort is deter- 
mined randomly. Fortunately, while 
you fight For every island, not every 
god does. The size of the island will 
determine how many of the three 
opponents fight you for ft. 

Once you have placed your fort it's 
time to get down to the serious busi- 
ness of evolution. In she first Epoch you 
start at the very basic caveman Tech 
Level circa 9DO0BC Tram there you 
have some serious decisions to make. 

Fiom the allocation of men to this 
particular island - usually just over 30 - 
you have little for them to do in 
S00OBC except design weapons. The 
more advanced the weapon you set 
them to design the longer It will take 
before the design is ready but the more 
likely you are to advance quickly to the 
next Tech Level. 

Once the weapon Is designed you 
can find out how many your resources 
will allow you to build, in 90OOBC you 




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can build 3$ many rocks to chuck 
around as you like, but as you progress 
men will have to be allocated to the 
mining oF various mdterials so that your 
designs can be built in sufficient quanti- 
ties to make a strong army, 

When you allocate men to the army 
you can make a choice oF how many 
bowmen, how many unarmed men, 
how many men with spears etc, but 
only if you have the resources. 

The army is really youi most impor- 
tant asset. Without a strong army you 
cannot attack with any confidence or 
thance of success, and the game will 
soon be over. 

However, it may well be wise not to 
send your army out too earty, because 
men in the field can't breed 
^■y and swell the papulation 
inside your fort. You could 
send out 25 men very early 
in the game but then you 
could wait around and 
send out 1Z5. 
Once you have mobilised 
the army, with whatever ratio 
of weapons and men, you 
then decide which sector of 
the island to move them 
into, They can only move 
into a sector adjacent to 
themselves or one adjacent 
to a friendly sector. 
If an enemy army is there 
they will attack it and the comput- 
er controlled battle continues 
until one of the armies 
retreats or gets wiped out. If 



the army moves into an empty sector j 
and is left to hang around long enougf 
tt will build a new fort, which can rhe» 
raise its own army, design its aw»j 
weapons and live independently of tnej 
other fort or forts. 

On an island where you fight two or 
more gods you can offer to ally *■ 
one of them to destroy the others. TM 
means your army has less to worry 
about and can move about more frwy 
as any sectors that belong to an airy are 
classed as friendly sectors, 

Once the other two have had the* 
bottoms kicked you can concentrate on 
the remaining opponent, your previous 
ally, and focus your energies on the one 




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if of wiping the floor with this guy 

ullible enough to eify with you. The 

Ihting remains the most important part 

f [he game at all times, but as you 

irogress through the Epochs and your 

|Tech Level grows in leaps and bounds. 




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other pressures come into the game- 
play, You have to look at the allocation 
of men to designing weapons, to min- 
ing resources, to bolldrng installations, 
to guarding the forti and (he contra! of 
the army. Fortunately the very sim- 
ple to use 
point-and- 
click system 
makes all 
this jumping 
around and 
number jug- 
gling extremely 
easy and very quick. This swiftness is 
one of the strengths of the game. For 
example, should an enemy army invade 
while the majority of your men are 
designing a new weapon, you need to 
be able to allocate them to the army 
very qukWy, and you can. 

The ease of use, the growing com- 
plexity as you get further into the game. 
and way you stowry realise how addict- 
ed you are make this a very strong 
game. 

The other strengths lie in the graph- 
ics and the sound - especially the 



sound When earn action is completed, 
or a warning message is necessary, then 
crystal clear speech spews forth from the 
monitor in a very stylized manner that 
evokes the atmosphere of all those 
ancient Hammer Horror films. 

For example, when a design is com- 
plete the ChieF Designer says, with a 
Lrvmmg speech defect: The design's 
weady", or "Economically tewffif , If 
you attack a sector and win, the 
Sergeant Major shouts: "We've captured 
the sector* in d triumphant manner. The 
Home Guard, worried when under 
attack, yells: Tower Critical'. 
On top of this remarkable studio- 
quality 
speech you 
get this 
very mel- 
low New 
Age style 
j sound- 
track that 
The Orb would be proud of, and it 
helps budd on the atmosphere that adds 
a lot tD the game 

Graphically it worts very well. Each 
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i may think you re pretly hard in 
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takes a single SAM up the bottom 
to bring you crashing to the 
ground. 

To make life in the air a little eas- 
ier, try this great cheat sent rn by 
Amy Hutchinson - I don't know 
where she's from because she 
didn't include her address. 

The tip arms your plane to the 
teeth with an absolutely disgusting 
amount of weaponry. To make it 
work, enter you/ name during 
enrolment as CIARAN. 

When you press Return, it will 
change to OCEAN OK. which 
means that the cheat has been 
accepted. Now all you have to do 
is to start the game, get up into the 
air and start kickin' some butt! 



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to this cheat from Andrew 
Hammond of From? j n Somer- 
set is sure to pJease. 

To get infinite lii/es. start 
the game, then type KILLER 
An extra benefit is that you ' 
tan now also s*ip levels by 
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Digrtal Distribution's urilliantly addictive puzzle game GemX The man to I 
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DAYS OF THUNDER AND LOTUS ESPRI 



Talk about weird! Some cheats that pro- 
grammers code into their games don't 
always have a positive effect - some- 
times they're in there for entertainment 
value alone, Take, for example, Grem- 
lin': Lotus Esprit Turbo game. 

If you enter player one's name as 
MONSTER and player two as SEVEN- 
TEEN, you'll be presented with a frantic 
little shoot-'ermjp. 

Amiga Computing reader David 



Collins from Salisbury has fount 
another Op that has a strange but . 
mg effect on landscape's film 
Days of Thunder. 

To access it pause the game 
the qualifying race and enter CC 
WTTHME jwrth no spaces). Your I 
car will then sprout wings and ta 
Just pull back on the joystick an 
can have a race with Concorde. 

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CHUCK ROCK 

Unga bunga! Poor old Chuck Rock 
may not be a prime candidate tor 
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acter, To make his Nfe slightly easier, 
try these cheat codes sent in by Tom 
Atkinson from Manchester. 

They must be entered during the 
title screen - the one with the band. 
Thanks Toml 

Qhwl Chuck some wmg5. 
Select lone using the func- 
tion keys. 

Select level using number 
keys 




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Infinite energy 



Considenng the popularity of the 
film and the fact that Commodore 
bundled me game with the A50 
very little has been seen <n : 
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Cllve Barter's Night Breed Un:= 
now, that is. If you enter RISEN 
FROM THE DEAD (with spaces* 
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Over (he next three months I'm 
going to be having a brief 
look at the more popular 
Basic, C and Assembler offerings for the 

Amiga. As well as commercial products 111 
look at some of Ihe PD offerings and try 
to offer advice about the advantages amd 
disadvantages of particular languages. 

With Basic, for instance, it doesn't 
really matter whether the language is 
good or bad from an academic viewpoint. 
What matters is whether it will suit your 
purpose. If you want to write super-fast 
graphics then you'll find Basic a poor 
choice. If you're new to programming 
and want to find some way of making a 
start then Bask becomes a very good 
choke. 

Don't think for a moment that a lan- 
guage must have access to Amiga graph 
ks and sound to be any good - there are 
plenty of reasons why you might not 
need those Amiga-spedfic functions If, 
■say, yoj are involved with prog rims 
which must be moved from machine to 
machine then youit want to avoid as 
much machine-specific stuff as possible. 

Another reason why integration into 
the Amiga's environment might not be 
that important is if you just want to learn 
about languages in general. You might be 
studying computing at school or college 
and want extra practice at home, in 
which case you will invariably be required 
to provide straightforward code, free from 
the complications that Intuition objects, 
such a; gadgets and menus, provide. 

One thing I should mention is that 
most of the time you'll only find qualita- 
tive comments about speed in these arti- 
cles. I do not find benchmarks a useful 
measure of the strength of a language. 

Marginal speed differences are rarely 
important and the areas, such as graphics 
and intensive mathematical calculations 
where benchmark calculations can usually 
help, seem on the Amiga to be a less use- 
ful measure of interpreter and compiler 
performance because it is usually the 
Amiga's library routines which are doing 
the real work- 
All the interpreter or compiler has to 
do is push a few values into the 68k pro- 
cessor registers and then make a call to 
the appropriate library function. 

This, incidentally, is one of the reasons 
for some compiler/interpreter speed 
benchmark comparisons showing little 
difference! 



Microsoft Amiga Basic 

This as you will no doubt know is an inter- 
preted Basic. It comes in for a lot of stick 
and some of the complaints, mainly the 
general slowness of the editors window 
redrawing and requester-based syntax 
error delivery, are undoubtedly justified. 
Amiga Basic is, however, supplied free 
with the machine. Most Bask program^ 
mers, once past the initial stages, do not 
go from line to line making syntax errors 
and one way around the editor problem is 
simply not to use it. 

I frequently write my Amiga Bask pro- 



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Hisofts Basic Compiler 

There are good reasons (or choosing a 

compiler that wi compile programs writ- 
ten in Microsoft-style Bask and Ihe Hisoft 
offering is just such a compiler. It comes 

with its own editor which has none of the 
slowness of the original Microsoft offering 
and there is also an Extend package avail- 
able which provides some much needed 
support for gadgets, requesters, graphics, 
sound and IFF file programming. 

Hisoft's documentation is good and, as 
With all Hisoft packages, some implemen- 
tation notes and appendices useful to the 
more advanced programmer are 
included. 

If you have an interest in program 
portability then the Hisoft compiler is 
deady the one to go for. The reason for 
this is simpry the continued prominence 
of Microsoft- style Basic in the micro 
world. 

As well as the obvious ports of things 
like Microsoft's 
QuickBASIC, the ST 
version of Hisoft 1 

etc, there are many ^ L ° S t lfVQrflfe 

other links. I've a**"* **k m 
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you've never heard ot that one - and they 
ran virtually unchanged . 

In general, porting all Microsoft-style 
Basics to the Hisoft compiler is a piece of 
cake and this, Irom a long term view- 
point, can be very important! 



Cursor VI. 

One public domain offering which you 
might find interesting to look at is the 
Cursor package which is available from 
Akore as disk LIT 4147 Cursor is a three 
pass Basic compiler for programs written 
in Amiga Basic. 

While on the subject of PC, one of the 
best ways to learn Basic is to loqt at the 
Code other programmers write. There are 
bads of Basic PD disks and the HI 9072 
and UT416B disks, also available from 
Akore, are particularly good. 

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said about the Microsoft onenwed offer- 
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great many things which can onfy be 
achieved by using the Atnga's ttnty rou- 
tines. This, for a great many Bask pro- 
grammen, ts a significant stumbling 
block. CFA Basic, from 
DataMedia UK, has 
undoubtedly solved a great 
many of these difficulties by 
providing extensions to the 
language which make the 
programmers' job easier. In 
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the compiler instructions are provided as 
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existing interpreter manual. 

Long standing problems, like convert- 
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formal, incidentally, as used by 
Microsoft's Amiga Basic - are solved by 
uliriSes provided with CFA Bask. The only 
real disadvantage of GFA Bask is that the 
GFA extensions effectively render the code 
non-portable. 

When you look at the alternatives, 
however, this is neither here nor there, ff 
you used Microsoft Bask and worked out 
how to do the same things using library 
calls you'd still end up with the same lack 
of portability! 

GFA Basic is brilliant and if you want to 
make the most of the Amiga environ- 
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the world of C and Assembler seems 
frightening, then this Data Media offering 
is the way to go, 

There are, however, a couple of other 
offerings whkh are more directly targeted 
at Bask programmers who want to write 
games. 

Microsoft's Amiga Bask Interpreter 

You effectively get this for free since it's 

bundled with the Amiga. 

AMOS 
Interpreter £49.99 

Compiler due soon Q9.99 

(Contact Mandarin Software On 

0625 B5933}) 

Blitz Basic 

Compiler £69.99 

[Contact Siren Software on 

0*1-724-7572) 

GFA Bask 

Interpreter £50.00 

Compiler £10.00 

(Contact Data MecBa UK on 

07 J4- 794941 ) 

Hisoft Bask 

Compiler £49.95 

Extend £10 DO 

{Contact Hisoft on 525-718181) 

Cursor Bask 

Compiler £2.49 plus p&p 
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il impairment As a result of mj 
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keys ed acts accord- 

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the Caps Lock, I 
hear you ask. Weil ' ri ne 

less keypress, so keeping the all impor- 
tant movement urn. 
Another tut enlarger, which : < 
i>ens to enlarge graphics as wHI. 
of a PD program 
called Qutckl • '.re a number 
these "lens" type programs about, 
but this is the one that I personalty have 
found to be most useful. 
Il acts in much the same way as 
(I perspex magnifying sheets 
can buy to read books etc. You can 
make the QuickLens window as large as 
you like (the sire gadget is there but Is 
.Me), and ve the pointer 
around your WorkBench or document, 
whatever is un •>eromes mag- 
Trie magnification level b set by click- 
ing the mouse inside trie QuickLens win- 
dow and can be normal size. x2 or x4. 



file hontWmg made 
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I mentioned speech ing. 

earlier, and now it's time to take a 
closer look. The biggest single- 
favour of the Amiga as a serious 
machine for people with disabilities is 
the speech capal ■ 

The most unfortunate drawback, 

mgh, is that very little software has 
been wril ikes full advantage 

his. Surely there are not that n 
differences oetween writing screen 
reader software for an MSdos machine 
or an AmigaDOS i one 

area where I cannot understand, given 
the technology built into the machine, 
why it has not been fully exploited, 

Some programs do make use 
speech aspect, and the new word- 
processor Wordwcrth is nolas i 
It allows the screen to be read i 
Perhaps il could be 
pragramm 



-id think a 

to be spe^ are typed, 

oukf learn how 

, sts Its sp 
How about a talking spelichecta 
even talking preference's? ' 
be possible? 

There are two PO prog™ 
worthy of a mention when kokin 
spe- golden ok 

SpeechToy. Although many years old 
now, Spei' •tremely useful 

to anyom of incorporating a 

speech element into an application lor 
people with vis 1 . lent 

What it does, q . is translate 

between an mi h and an out- 

put of Pho age. 

The second PD men- 

tion is called Speaktime, and that b what 
■ es. When called the program uses 
speech synthesis to tell you the lime in 
the "ifs almost five past ten" style. A 
useful replacement for the Worfcbe 
clock if your eyesight is poor. 

I won't preterm is the last 

wori la as a tool for dis- 

abled people, bet;: that 

- 15 continue to develop. I have 
not even touched i eam- 

■ now 
very little ai 

tl would seem apparent, givers the 
volume of educational software being 
written and the emphasis from 
Commodore, that the Amiga will suc- 
ceed in this lie trve sector 
of the marl 

I hope that Commodore will fund 
the necessary research ond develop- 
ment required to ensure that B 
lakes its rightful place alongside the PC 
and the Macs, and to enable people 
.jam the full ad van- 
tages that the A. otter 

ies though. I am not 
atc-r ned with the 

"Jser 
•Haces fuBy ace- "he blind. 

fvan- 
es of computer independence were 
ime of progress? 



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disability can be found from the follow- 
ing sources: 

BCS 

The British Computer Society Drsattfty 
Programme is a group that works with 

the computer industry to show how 
everyone can benefit when access for 
the disabled is built into a design • 
voice activation for example. The 
Programme also acts as an information 
source on all subjects in the field of 
computers and disability. 

As well as a quarterly journal, 



Ability, conferences and meetings, 
there is also a telephone hefpfrte ser- 
vice. 

The Disability Programme has an 

area on the Poly Net Bulletin 

Board which is on OH -SfJO 1S90 The 

echo is also carried to other FlDONET 

Boards, 



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have a conference with an Amiga topic 
which I moderate, .by the name of 
"d. programme" 

for more information write to me at: 



Dave Winders, Membership Secretary, 
BCS Disability Programme, 1 Thomas 
Walt Close, Sutton, Surrey SMf ISP. Or 
by E.Mail as dwindera @ cix and on 
Prestel Mb* No 0111 15216 

1CPUG 

ICPUC (The Independent Commodore 
Products User Group) is one of the best 
sources for PD software, as well as help 
and advice from experts. ICPUG has a 
Disability Liaison Officer, David Bates. 

For more information write to: 
lack Cohen, Membership Secretary, 
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What? Not another video 
digitizer! With so many 
new available, the video 
digitiser is rapidly becoming one of the 
most popular devices produced for the 
Amiga. And they certainly seem to be 
selling too - NewTek's DigiView has 
become one of the most popular Amiga 
products ever, with units used through- 
out the world. 

U there room tor yet another digi- 
tiser? HB Marketing certainly seem to 
think so because they've just begun dis- 
tributing a brand new digitiser Trom 
German manufacturer! VDT - don't ask 
me what it stands lor! Its specification 
sheet certainly makes for impressive 
reading, but does it make the grade? 
Well, there's only one way to find Out 

Hardware heaven 

Snapshot Pro is a real-time video digi- 
tiser that allows you to grab full colour 
and monochrome, images directly from 
just about any composite video signal, 
including both a domestic video 
recorder and a colour camera. OK, 
nothing special so far, but Snapshot 
offers some remarkable facilities which 
really make it worth checking out. 

The Snapshot hardware consists of 
two separate boxes - the digitiser unit 
itself and an extra box called Snapshot 
RGB+, which is sold separately. That 
extra box is basically a glorified RGB 
Splitter, which is necessary if you want 
to be able to grab in full colour from a 
composite signal. It is possible to get by 
with just the digitiser, but you'll end up 
with a digitising system that" s ready no 
more capable than something like 
Rombo's Vidi Amiga. 

On the front of the digitiser are three 
proportional knobs which are used to 
control varying aspects of the incoming 
video signal. There are controls for 
brightness, contrast and an extra 
"Lace" control which enables you to 
lock the digitiser manually on to the 
video signal when grabbing interlaced 
images. 

To make adjusting this setting easier, 
a small LED flashes when the lace set- 



ting is incorrect. All you then do is turn 
the control knob until the LED stays on 
permanently. 

The RGB Spfitter also has its own 
colour knob which lets you adjust the 
colour saturation of the signal. This too 
has its own sync LED,, but the setting is 
handled automatically by the RGB 
Splitter. Vou won't usually encounter 
any sync problems using the RGB 
Splitter as long as the video Signal 
being fed into the unit is of sufficient 

quality- 
Digital image 

After setting it all up, which takes no 
time at all, it's time to get down to 
some serious digitising. The software 




Thii could bt ytfur irrmmoi jwafr. 1 

for this arrives on a single disk contain- 
ing no demo pictures at all, which is 
quite surprising 

Ifs always nice to see exactly what a 
digitiser is capable of, especially when 
the majority of grabs you usually obtain 
from a new digitiser leave a lot 10 be 
desired. Thankfully though, it lakes no 
time at all to grab goad quality images 
yourself. 

The Snapshot software is an impres- 
sive offering that almost fully automates 
the grabbing process. It's a very swish 
affair that makes use of the Amiga's 
powerful windowing facilities. 

And, thanks to the fact that the main 



control panel is displayed in its own 

custom screen, the whole thing remains 
readable and instantly accessible 
regardless of which screen mode you're 
working in - users of HAM digilisers will 
know what I'm talking about! 

Snapshot fully supports grabbing in 
just about every Amiga screen mode 
and resolution, including overscan, Vou 
also have full control over the number 
ot colours that can be used. 

HAJvl images are obviously the most 
impressive, but Snapshot does a pretty 
good job of grabbing in other modes 



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If you're after a professional digitiser, you're absolutely Spoilt 
for choice. Here's a roundup of Snapshot's closest rivals; 

Videon - Distributed in this country by Power Computing 
(02 34 2730QD). thii Italian-made digitiser is perhaps the 
nearest thing to Snapshot! currently on the market, Its facili- 
ties are very similar, but unfortunately ft doesn't ^uite have 
the pixel punching power to pose any real threat to 
SnapShoL. 

It too offers full colour digrtmng from a composite video 
signal using its own built-in video RAM and RGB splitter. 
Unfortunately, the quality or the images produced aren't a 



patch on those obtainable using Snapshot' 

This is made even worse by some awful software and 
tacky digitising hardware - the knobs kept dropping off on 
the unit that I played with! Its only real saving grace is its 
price - coming in at a few pence under £250, it certainly 



wins hands down >n the value ratings. Personally though, I'd 
rather spend the money an a decent DigiView setup! 

FrameGrabber 256 - If you're after a digitiser that can do it 
all, the Ma ream's (0604 790466) FrameGrabber 256 is a 
good bet It too is rather pricey (575), but differs from 
SnapShot in that it's a true colour reai-hme digitiser. Thanks 
to its built-in frame buffer it can grab full colour images in 
<WS6 colours from a moving video source, so there's no 
need to hit Pause every time you want to get a grab. 

The quality of digitised images is certainly very impres- 
sive, but it doesn't quite match up to SnapShot when it 
comes to grabbing colour images from video tape. If you 
want to grab live" images using a video camera, it's a very 
good bet, erttaemise, SnapShot is better 

As always though, it's hones for courses, so I'll leave you 
to come to your own conclusions. 



too. DTP users will find the quality of 
Snapshot's high resolution grabs partic- 
ularly useful for direct inclusion within 
packages like ProPage. 

The grabbing hands 

Depending on the type and size of 
image being grabbed, the digitising 
process is swift. If you grab in 
monochrome, Snapshot works in real- 
time, so there's no reason to pause the 
video signal, although the same can't 
be said for colour grabbing. 

Because the unit doesn't include its 
own frame buffer - unlike the 
FrameGrabber 256 - the video signal 
must be paused. This isn't too much of 
a problem with newer videos, but own- 
ers of older digilisers may find this a 
problem because of the amount of 
image stability required. 

If you can, it's worth getting your 
hands on a VO that has a single frame 
advance facility. This is particularly 
handy because it allows you to find the 
most stable frame for digitising. Once 
again, most VCRs now offer this, 

After you've found your frame, click 
the mouse and the digitising process is 
set in motion. Colour grabbing can tafce 
as long as 30 seconds, but the results 
are always more than worth the wait. 

The overall quality of digitised 
images is certainly very impressive. I've 




Barry Whitehouse 

takes a look at a 

new digitiser 

from Germany 

that promises to 

deliver even more 

pixel grabbing 

power 



been lucky enough to have played with 
just about every Amiga video digitiser 
available, but none of them have ever 
handled grabbing from video tape par- 
ticularly well. 

Snapshot Pro is the exception. As 
long as you grab from first generation 
video tapes - no copies! - you'll be able 
to grab images which are sharp and 
totally colour correct. 

Colourful talk 

Like moit quality digitizers. Snapshot 
can save out images tn a variety of dif- 
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Digitising by remote 

Pressing buttons on your video to advance frames, pause and so on is all very 
nice, but Snapshot can take the drudgery away almost completely. Using a 

sophisticated remote control unit which plugs into the back of the Snapshot 
hardware, Snapshot can control your video's functions directly. 

When creating colour animations, this allows Snapshot to get around the 
problems of' slow scan digitising by aylomaticalty controlling frame advance. 
Onte again, a fairly capable video recorder is needed if you are to get the most 
from this facility. 

Before you can get the remote control to work with your video, you must pro- 
gram it. This is achieved by pointing your video's remote control at Snapshot's 
remote control. 

It then picks up the signal from your video remote and stores it in memory. 
Once it knows how your video recorder controller works, it emulates these sig- 
nals. Clever really. 




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24-b* fie lormat Obviously it has full 
support lor ff, but even this has been 
extended to cover Commodore's new 
24 -bit IFf standard which was devised 
to keep all those new 24-bit graphics 
boards under con trot 

Because Snapshot bandies its images 
internally in ful 24-btt colour, it's possi- 
ble to output cbgitaed images for dis- 
play on a 16 million colour graphics 
board like the harlequin. 

After a bit of tinkering around with 
file formats, I managed to get a couple 
of images working Witt a friend's HAM- 
E unit. Expecting great things, I must 
admit that I was a little disappointed. 

The difference in quality between 
the original HAM images and their 
HAM-£ counterparts wasn't really that 
great. In tact, the HAM versions were 
often a lot better. Even in HAM-E's 
powerful 24-bit mode, there was little 
Of no improvement in quality whatso- 
ever. 

I'm not quite sure why this is, but I 
_ suspect that it may be something 

fcx^ to do with the qual- 

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especially when you compare it to 
much higher resolution systems ike 
Super VHS and Hi-8. 
With Super- VHS rapidly becoming a 



Animation 

Among Snapshots more interesting features are its powerful animation 
facilities. Although not particularly new for a video digitiser - both Rombo's 
Vidi-Amiga arid Marcam's FrameGrabber 256 offer an animation option - 
Snapshot' 5 animation facilities are second to none. 

In monochrome mode, you can grab animations in real-time from the real 
world, but animating colour frames Is somewhat more complicated- 
Snapshot allows you to create animations using a sort of stop frame- 
animation technique where each frame can be set Up and grabbed manually. 
Once you have all the frames In memory, you Can play them back with full 
control over the range and playback speed. 

One feature that I particularly liked was Snapshots ability to digitise 
frames at a given time Interval. Simply by telling it how long It must wait 
between frames, you can create a sort of time-lapsed animation. For exam- 
pie, if you set up a video camera and pointed it at something like a pot 
plant, you could create a time-lapsed animation of the plant blooming and 
finally wilting. 

Motion detect is alio a very powerful facility. When selected, Snapshot 
continually grabs frames, analyzing eath in turn. If the grabbed frame is 
identical to the previous one, it is discarded, However, if there Is a differ- 
ence, it Is stored In memory and the motion detect facility is set In motion 
for the neat frame. Obviously, Snapshot accounts for signal noise, so only 
relatively major differences -are registered. 



videophiles, I'm surprised that support 
for S-VHS hasn't been included H it 
had, this would definitely have given 
Snapshot a boost 

Conclusion 

So there we have it, Snapshot Pro in a 
nutshell. I must admit that I've had a 
lot of fun playing with Snapshot, grab- 
bing frames from all my favourite 
videos and then playing around with 
them in DigiPaint There' i something 
uniquely satisfying about being able to 
paint a moustache and glasses on to 
George Bush without becoming the 
FBI's number one target, WeU, all this 
and more n poisibte with a video digi- 
tus kfce Snapshot. 

tt'i the kind of digitiser that is ideally 
suited to the home user. Most of us 
don't own such luxuries as video cam- 
eras, so being aUe to grab quality, full 
colour grabs from video tape is a real 
boon, ft pays to have a video recorder 
with a good stable pause (unction, but 
even with a mediocre video I was able 
to get acceptable results. 

OK, so we all want a Snapshot, but 



Coming in at just under 580 complete, 
Snapshot certainly Isn't cheap. With 
true real-time colour digitiser; like 
Marcam's FrameBuffer 256 being sold 
at pretty much the same price. 
Snapshot is going to be in for a real 
struggle if it is to be successful. 

It certainly deserves to do well, but I 
can't help thinking that perhaps it has 
been priced rather un realistically. If it 
offered real-time colour grabbing, HB 
would be on to a winner, but as it 
stands I can't realty see how it can jus- 
tify its current price. 

If money is no object to you and 
you're not really interested in real-time 
operation, Snapshot is worth checking 
out. Its quality is absolutely breathtak- 
ing, making it one of the best video 
digit isers available, If it was slightly 
cheaper - say £400 complete - it would 
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Probably the second most popular type ol sports ganw after football, there 

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by Gremlin. 

The 'speed at which the track 
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that it caused many sleepless nights as people tried to complete that 
Lotti T ^ ' ai( circuit, finishing in a high enough posi- 

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Lotus Turbo Esprit Challenge 

hut very nearly as good. The 

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that little bit more hazardous. 

Again, in two-player mode it 
gets very addictive with around 20 
courses split over three skill levels. 
froth of these games received rave reviews from everyone when they were 
released and both are still Excellent buys, 
Incidentally, the original Supercars is 
now available on Gremlin's, 
budget label at £7. 99. 

Also from Gremlin comes 
Toyota Cellca Rally and Team 
Suzuki (a motorbike ^^^^ 
racing game). These 
come just behind the 
others, but not far. 

US Gold's entry to 
the racing game 
genre is Super 
Monaco GP - yet 
another impressive 
arcade conversion. The 
speed is surprisingly 
Nisi, with good graph- 
ics and sound al 
round. Pity it's only a 
one player game, but 
then so was the coin op 
so it doesn't lose any 

marks for that. Although it has been around for several months it is still 
excellent value for money even though it does 
prove slightly easy to finish. 

Indianapolis 500 from 
Electronic Arts is more ol a 
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but are still very detailed and 
nice to look at. The game is dif- 
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their exhibitions at Wimbledon and around the world 

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can put even more on the old box. in 
the near future Virgin have 147 
Snooker lined up for release. 

I've had a sneak preview of it and it 
looks pretty hot, I can tell youf 

Billiards II Simulator from 
infogrames is a collection of new bil- 
liards games. One is French Billiards 
for the more strategy-minded among 
you. There is also American Pool bil- 
liard s for the sportsmen, plus the 
addition of a billiards/pool game 
played on an eight sided table. 

The graphics are ade- 
quate - after all there isn't 



much you can do with a few balls and 
a piece of wood. The control is a little 
awkward and unless you are specifi- 
cally looking for a billiards game I'd 
go for one of the others mentioned in 
this section. 

JD Pool is an excellent pool game. 
The 3D works really well and the 
game is a lot of fun to play. U has 
recently been added to the Mirror 
Image label and at F.9 99 is the best 
game of this ilk around - until Virgin 
release their snooker game, that is, 
The pick of the bunch. 




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but it is worth persevering with it just so 
that you can join the 'in' crowd of pretend Kick Off 
1 champs, 

In a slightly different vein is Subbuteo - yes, they 
have even simulated the finger flicking fun of table 
top soccer. Unfortunately this is a pretty stupid idea 
tor a game and the gamesplaying public showed this 
by avoiding it in their droves. 8ad control, naff graph- 
ics and oh so slow gameplay lead up to a certain miss. 
There are couple of football management games 
that may be worth a look, firstly, Mufti Player Soccer 
Manager from D&H games is still a cracker, although 
j **">■ m ™°9*n*,tag m ^ l>f >ara ° f the actual managerial section does look a little bit sim- 

^^^^^^^^^^^ ilar tq the Cricket game (or should that be vke versa). 

r j-. ^^ f. 1» ^ I ^^■fl U is still in the computer game charts months after 

■ %J t*» m. m3 U I its release. The strategy gets pretty intense as there is 

We|l r I've saved the best until last. The football eate- *!"*)* lo *& 9° in 9 ° n " Y au rea % want to know 
gory is probably the one that most people will be wh* 1 tR * rH ' mangers go through In their careers 
interested in. And it certainly seems to attract the soft- ^en take « >o°k at this. 

ware houses. Secondly, European Superieague takes a slightfy 

Of course you couldn't mention football without different dement. Everybody knows that the 
mentioning the mmortal Kiel Off 2 from Anco. This European Superleague doesn't actually exist (yet), 
game has been around longer than most people *g™ there ■» loti 1°m on al1 * e ^™ to ^ VDIU 
would care to remember in one form Of another and b4li >'' ^ eK are swr|e 9™** 

is considered by many to be the best of the bunch . ^k^»^^^ graphics used throughout, 

The two-player mode leads ^^^^^^ pr MaOa^' especially in the match 

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Seagate rescue 

1 was reading your ACAS column in the |une 1991 

issue and can offer a source of information to Mr 
Smith of Manchester who was having trouble with his 
Seagate drive and C Ltd controller board. 

C Ltd went out ol business over a year ago, but a 
company called Mkro-Dyn (2011 S Washington, 
Wichita, KS 67211, USA lei. 316-265-2661) has 
obtained a! rights to previous C Ltd products and is 
actively supporting them. 

I belreve the 5T-225N has 615 cylinders and four 
heads, and is a 20Mb MFM format drive with an 
access time of 68ms. Write precompression usually 
starts at cyl 300 on those units. 

The card sounds like an earty C Ltd unit, and wha 
little I know of them is that they are non-auto-booting' 
and usually fired up with a C Ltd boot disk called 
SCSI_DOS. The utilities for formatting the units are 
usually on the SCSI, DOS disks, but if you don't have 
the C Ltd manual, you'll need a technician who is 
adept at SCSI interfaces and drives. Hope this informa- 
tion helps some. 

Michael Lesperance, McChord AFB, Wa, USA 

That explains why our efforts to contact C Ltd were 
in vain! Thanks for the tip, Michael. If Mr Smith ii 
reading, we hope it solves some of his problems. 

Tower Amiga 

After reflecting that my A500 reminds me a little of an 
Acorn Electron (Treason! - Ed), and that it'd look a lot 
better in a mini lower sporting all three disk drives 
accessible from the front of the machine, I set about 

converting it into a lower 

Amiga. / 

Floppy drives can be / 
removed quite easily from / 
their mounts and screwed 
into PC-style mounting 
rails, and it is a simple job 
to remove the PSU from its 
case to fit it internally on 
the new chassis. 

The motherboard, once 
removed from the original 
case, is screwed into the 
new case using plastic 
spacers, and connections 
are made to the outside 
world using nice 25-way 
ribbony things. There's 
plenty of room left inside 
Ihe new beast for hard 
drives and things as well. 

Oh no! What aboul the 
keyboard? Out of its A500 
Case it looks horrible. The 
motherboard connection 
can be made to the DIN 
socket on the front of ihe 
new case and, with a nice 
curly wire and DIN plug 
from Tandy, a lead can be 
constructed tor the key- 
board. So where can I find 
a case for the darn key- 
board? 

Mow, I might ptay a lot 
of games and things, but 
an Amiga wflhout its key- 
board is about as useful as a 
working ST. fvly best buddy 
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I read with interest the letter from Andy 
Hamilton in the August issue, since I fixed an 
identical sounding problem on my A500 last 
month. 

One month after the warranty had expired 
(naturally), the internal drive started giving 
Spunous lead'wnie errors at regular intervals. 
Having checked for viruses, bead alignment 
(by formatting a fresh disk, then trying to read 
it back), and using a head cleaner, a! to no 
avail I decided to have a took myself rather 
than spend a fortune having it repaired 

After much poking around inside looking for 
loose chips and dry pints - the most common 
causes of these kind of hardware faults - I 



fSnaiy noticed that where the KF shielding had been 

toochmg the cables connecting the drive to the moth- 
aboard, the insulation on the cabfes had been par- 
bafy worn away. 

Not enough was gone for ihe wires to short to each 

other, but enough damage had been done lo let them 
ihort to Ihe shielding. I was able to fix the problem by 
benthng the metal plate back so that it was well clear 
of the wires, though even if the cables had been more 
badly damaged it would still have been much cheaper 
to replace them than to have the machine repaired. 

Since the design of the A50G means the shielding 
will usually be rubbing against the drive cables, I sus- 
pect that this is a common fault on these machines. I 
would suggest readers whose machines are out of war- 
ranty carry out some preventative medicine by bend- 
ing back the metal plate before the symptoms occur, 
since if drive leads start shorting out they could cause 
serious damage. 

Dave Kirby, Swindon 

Inexperienced AS00 owners could also cause a 
great deal of damage if they started poking around 
in their machines with a screwdriver! The tip is 
appreciated, but remember if your machine is 
under warranty or you're at all doubtful about 
opening up the Amiga, DON'T DO ITI 

Bitmap bother 

I'm having problems with my hard drive. Every time I 
boot up it takes three to four minutes of messing 
about before it validates itself, and won't finish loading 
programs until it's stopped messing around, 

tf I try to save something before this time is Out, I 
get an "Enor - is not validated" message and the file 
isn't saved until validation is complete, If I turn off the 
computer before validation is finished, I get the same 
message immediately on booting up again. 

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Duncan Webster's letter on the subject of sending 
data from one modem to another using a walkie- 
talkie prompted several replies, some of which were 
more constructive than others. Here's a selection for 
anyone thinking of putting an Amiga on air. 

I should cocoa! 

I tried exactly the same thing as Mr Webster. With a 

hot chocolate tin (Woofl - Ed), No - don't turn the 
page or put down the mag yet. Simply by using it as 
an aerial booster, all I did was wrap some stiff copper 
wire on the outside and used the rest as a dawn lead 
to the walkie-talkie. 

Making the down lead is very easy. When you have 
finished wrapping the copper wire - about I feet will 
do - use another foot of wire as a down lead by 
wrapping it with insulating tape. Be careful, however 
to use some form of multimeter as you can only use 
so much unlicensed radiowave space. You could find 
yourself on the amateur band and get nicked for not 
having a licence. 

Anyway, connect the down lead with a crocodile 
clip to the aerial and hope for the best I'd say a 300 
to 1200 baud modem would suit better over the air 
as faster modem speeds often scramble up the data. 1 
had a very interesting talk with a friend this way! You 
could try Maplins for information on their Heath kit 
equipment for gathering clear signals. 

Simon Canning, Marlow, Bucks 

You'll have a more than interesting conversation 
with Mr Policeman If you're not careful! fly all 
means, experiment with your Amigas and get the 
best from them, but try not to land In court while 
you're at it, 

If in doubt, check the CB and amateur radio 
regulations before rigging up your Amiga In this 
fashion. 



Iceland but they don't seem to know much about 

computers. They mostly just want to sell agricultural 
machinery. I'm enclosing printouts of my startup- 
sequence. Could it have anything to do with the WAIT 
command? 

|on Arnarson, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland 

The problem lies not in your startup- sequence but 
in the root block of your hard drive. This is where 
the "Bitmap" resides, a file you can think of at a 
digital map of the location of every file on your 
disk. 

If. for example, two or more files are trying to 
occupy the same space on a hard drive, the bitmap 
will freak out and fall to validate. This Is the most 
common cause of unvalidated hard disks and, 
although very annoying, is quite easy to fix. 

The best program I've used for validation prob- 
lems is Fix Disk 1.2. This was given away on our 
March roverdisk and is also available from most PD 
libraries, 

To fix your validation problems using FixDisk, 
click on the "Directory button, then on DHQ:. The 
program will run through the contents of your hard 
drive and alert you to any problem files. It will then 
give you the option of deleting the offending file or 
the one it is clashing with. 

DO NOT delete the file offered to you, Instead, 
delete the "other" file with which the first one is 



Illegal speagal 



It is quite possible, technically, to link a modem to a 
radio transmitter in order to send data to a remote 
station (millions of kilobytes travel that way every 
day! - Ed) as it makes no difference whether the link 
is a phone line or a radio wave. Where Mr Webster 
is falling down is probably in the equipment he is 
using. 

The fact that he describes his radio set as a 
"walkie-talkie" leads me to believe that he Is using a 
CB hand-held transceiver and rf this is the case he has 
several problems. The first of these is that there is 
probably no provision for an external input, thus pre- 
venting a direct connection between the modem and 
the handset. 

The next problem is one of low power. Very few 
walkie-talkies are capable of the full legal limit of 4 
watts. Add to this the problem of interference on CB 
frequencies and the chances of a dean exchange of 
data between the two stations are very doubtful 
indeed, even if only over a distance of a mile. 

One final point against using this method of data 
transfer is, and I quote from the official CB Radio 
licence terms and conditions: "The licensee may use a 
CB station for sending and receiving only messages in 
plain speech". 

In other words, the transmitting of computer data 
is illegal on these frequencies and may bring the DTI 
knocking on the door, in which ease sending the data 
down a phone line could well work out cheaper 
after all. 

Cyril Mokes, Nottingham 

Hmm - your letter puts a bit of a dampener on the 
issue, but the legal situation can't be contested. 
We're not going to encourage reader to break CB 
regulations, but I'm not sure that Mr Webster was 
using a CB radio, so... 



trying to compete for disk space. Don't ask me why, 
but Fix Disk crashes if you decide to delete the first 
file offered to you, 

Once you've got rid of the culprit, re-boot and 
check your drive again. 8e warned that you may 
have to do this several times if your bitmap is 
severely scrambled, 

Printer problems with QED 

I would appreciate some help regarding the 51 D on the 
workstation disk. I'm using QED for editing script files 
to use with a menu program. 

I've copied QED to a new disk and made it auto- 
booting as explained in the July issue of your maga- 
zine- My problem is how to get it to print? I keep 
getting a message "cannot open printer device" . 

My Workbench and Workstation have been cor- 
rectly set up so why aren't I getting any results? 

Mike Hemming Redditch Worcestershire 

Well as any regulars will know printer problems are 
the most common cause of sleepless nights in the 
computing community. Fortunately in your particu- 
lar case the answer appears to be a simple one. 

Your problem is probably the lack of a dew direc- 
tory on you new disk, within which you should cre- 
ate a pf inter directory into which should be placed a 
copy of your printer driver from either the 



Workstation or Workbench. Because your new disk | 
autoboots, the Amiga regards it as the system disk 
and will look only there for any external devices or 
driven that QED might require. 

As a result It will ignore any other disks, even 
if they are set up perfectly for printing, You 
shouldn't have any problems creating and copying 
the various directories and files thanks to good 
old SID 

Have fun... 

Hard choices 

I have a 1,3 A50Q with A5Q1 memory expansion and 
external floppy, and recently bought PageSelter II 

which is an excellent low cost DTP package. However, 
I seem to be continually running out of memory, and 
especially chip memory when using PageSetter. I 
realise there are a few options open to me, but would 
like help in choosing the most sensible. 

1 . Is it easy to fit a Fatter Agnus and if I fit it myself will 
I invalidate my warranty? If so, will it be invalidated if 
fitted by an official dealer? 

2. Will fitting the ICD AdRAM board invalidate the war- 
ranty? 

3. Is it better to buy a hard drive ertd memory expan- 
sion, or hard drive with memory expansion on-board, 
such as the Evesham Micros 40Mb NEC with 2Mb tit- 
led? The latter is the cheaper and therefore more 
attractive option. 

4. Would I need an upgraded power supply? 

Brian Nlsbet, Glasgow 

You seem to have a fairly well-balanced approach 
to the upgrading question, so there's not much I 
can tell you except make your mind up and take the 
plunge. However, there are a few points to make 
on your questions. 

1. Check to make sure your A500 doesn't already 
have a Fatter Agnus. There are PD programs such 
as AgnusCheck and Syslnfo which will do this for 
you. If you have an otd Agnus, you'd be advised to 
consult your dealer. 

Commodore don't have an Agnus upgrade 
option at the moment, but a qualified official 
dealer should be able to fit one with ease, Check 
before you take this option to make sure it doesn't 
affect your Commodore extended warranty, There 
should be some way of ensuring the warranty is still 
valid If you have the modification carried out by an 
official dealer, 

2. Yes, the ICD board connects to the Gary chip, so 
you have to open the A50O to fit It properly, thus 
Invalidating the warranty. If you're going to 
attempt DTP work, you'll have to upgrade your 
chip memory somehow, and the ICD board's Gary 
connection allows the use of 1Mb chip ram if you 
have a Fatter Agnus, but losing your extended war- 
ranty could be a high price to pay for the extra half 
meg. 

3. It's horses for courses as far as your hard drive 
choices are concerned. The advantage of drives 
which come with slots for extra memory is that 
they keep the number of bits and pieces sticking 
Into or out of your machine to a minimum. 

On the other hand, if the drive blows up on you 
it takes your extra ram with it. The Evesham Micros 
A590-based NEC drive is a solid and reliable, if not 
blisteringiy fast, option. 

4. You won't need an upgraded power supply if 
you go for a hard drive with extra memory on 
board, as these all come with their own power sup- 
plies. If, on the other hand, you buy one of the 
larger memory upgrade boards, you'd be advised 
to play safe and buy a beefy PSU as well. 



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Our hero is much more than 
just a removal man and to 
prove it I'll be looking al 
what lurks among the thirty command 
buttons that are all too often over- 
looked. 

Before we start pleas* spare a 
thought for the long-suffering author, 
namely Timm Martin, who richly 
deserves any contributions you may feel 
the urge to send. If anyone deserves a 
contribution he does. You'll find his 
address on the last page of the 
Workstation manual. 

PRINT, EDIT 
and XEDIT 

The Print option is rather serf explana- 
tory and providing you've installed the 
correct printer driver there shouldn't be 
any problems- 
Installing a driver is a simple process 
- just select the driver of your choice 
and use SID to delve into the devs and 
copy the driver into the printer direc- 
tory. 

Next on the list we have Edit which 
as you're probably aware enlists the 
help of Q£D by first loading it and then 
automatically listing the script file ready 
for editing). Ideal for the ever-changing 
startup-sequence. 

The final part of the initial trilogy is 
Xedit. This, like Edit, enlists the help of 
another hidden utility, namely 
NewZap. With the M of this particular 
utility you'll be able to edit all mannef 
of file sectors and codes all from the 
comfort of your own home. 

NewZap is mainly aimed at the more 
expert Amiga fan so be careful if you're 
just dabbling - it could end in tears. 
The utility's primary use is to examine 
Ascii and binary within a file whilst 
searching for those elusive key 
sequences, digits and characters that 
are guaranteed to make your hacking 
life a little easier. 

VIEW, READ 
and XREAD 

View, as you might be aware, allows 
you to examine any standard Amiga 
image without the hassle of loading an 
entire paint package to do it. If you 
have a favourite viewer among the hun- 
dreds lurking within the ?D it's a simple 
matter to replace the new for the old 
and, of course, adjust the relevant line 
in SID'S config tile. 

The Read option will allow you to 
examine any Ascii file, which in most 
cases will mean documents and readme 
files which you'll find liberally spattered 
around on almost every disk. If you're 
reading a big file or one which you 
want to print, a better option might be 
be to use PPmore which you'll Find lurk- 
ing on the pull downs in the main 
Workstation screen, 

Xread. like Xedit, is of more use to 
the expert than the beginner and gives 



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you the option to read the Hex from 
any file in a similar way to Xedit, but 
with Xread you're limited to observa- 
tion only. 

HEAR, MAKEDIR 
and COMMENT 

The Hear option is another automati- 
cally triggered utility which will 
autoload any Iff- sound sample and 
play it at the connect pitch no matter 
what the sample rate. 

If you're not sure as to the identity erf 
a file remember that all can be revealed 
thanks to the Desk option which can be 
accessed with a click of the right mouse 
button at the bottom of SID's custom 
screen. 

Makedir is next and one of the 
essentials as far as SID's concerned. 
Things literally couldn't be simpler, just 
select the disk of your choice and hit 
the button, add the new directory 
name and you'll have an instant empty 
directory ready and waiting. 

The Comment option is another 
essential if your memory is anything like 
mine. After all, it's very easy to forget 
crucial information on a particular file 
and this is where Comment comes into 



its own by allowing you to add those 
few words that can reveal all about a 
particular file, 

Again, to read comments simply 
click on the Note option after following 
the same procedure as Desk. 

RUN, EXECUTE 
and OTHER 

Run, as you might expect, does exactly 

that and can be very handy, If, for 
example, you wish to use a program 
from a disk which you didn't boot 
from, simply load the directory, select 
the file and hit the button. 

Execute is very similar to run but of 
course operates on executable files. If 
you have a problem deciding whether a 
file is either runnable or executable use 
the Desk once again to give you an idea 
of what you're dealing with. 

Other is the last of this particular trio 

If you're a newcomer to this column 
you might be a little puzzled as to 
what this mystical Workstation disk 
is all about. If that's the case it's 
worth checking out Page 1 38 for 
details about what you're missing 
and how you can get in on the act. 



and by far the most interesting, It 
allows you to define a command of 
your own to this particular button, 

To make use of it first copy the utility 
of your choice to let's say the C: direc- 
tory on the Workstation. Then edit 
SID's config file giving the Other com- 
mand the correct path and file name. 

COPY, MOVE 
and DUP 

I doubt there's any need to explain 
Copy as it's sure to be the most well 
worn button on the screen but Move is 
often forgotten in the rush. 

Move should be almost as heavily 
used as copy as it is perhaps the 
most efficient of all the duplication rou- 
tines. 

Dup alfows you to automatically 
rename and duplicate a file onto the 
same disk. Although this isn't a regular 
occurrence it can still save a hell of a lot 
of renaming, copying and deleting 
when compared to the manual 
method- 
Next month I'll explain the rest of 
the commands and have a closer look 
at customising SID's config file. Until 
next month, bye for now... 



Since Spectrum owners first 
went mad over D'Ktronks add- 
on keyboards to supplement 
their "dead ffeih" rubber keyboards, 
home computet users have sought to 
upgrade their machines with bolt-ons 
and screw-on;, Everyone, from the 
humblest ZXo1 owner with a wobbly 
ram expansion to the PC owner thirst- 
ing for the kudos only a tower casing 
Bring, has dreamed of traniforming 
leir frog into Prince Charming with 
the kiss of the magic screwdnvef : " 

Amiga 500 owners wen? a little slow 
to catch the body-buifding bug. but 
Iheir desire for everything from 
memory to » separate keytroa' 
plete with curly cable can now be 
iated into reality thanks to three 
upgrade paths. All you need lo d( 
leave about 300 sous under your ptUow 
for the tin box fairy,,. 

But why? A sensible, levefl 
A50O owner confronted by the need to 
upgrade would quickly conclude that a 
hard drive, 8 meg of ram, a processor 
accelerator, and a flicker fixer can al be 
fitted to his or her machine *rth tittle or 
no external protuberances, so cunrwig 
have the peripherals manufa 
become. 

Because th*> sensible, level-headed 
AS00 owner Is an entirely m. 




;, and since cramming more and 
more silicon inside an already over* 
heated, underpowered case is a road 
leading eventually to Guruland, more 
and more Arnigans are reaching the 
conclusion that there's more to upgrad- 
ing than adding a few spoilers and 
jTMRyHuJataps The A50O Is not, after 

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At first glance, the A15O0 shelli is the 
Cheapest of the three units. It is also, 
however, the most basic in terms of 
features and expansion opportunities. 

If purchased cm its own, the Al 500 
shell expansion is fust that - a shell, For 
your money you get an A1000-style 
system box and a separate keyboard of 
sturdy metal construction, some ribbon 
connectors, and a curly cable for the 
keyboard, There is also a fairly useful 
manual to guide you through fitting 
your A500 in its new home, but it is at 
this point that the A 1500 in ell starts to 
show its roots in the enthusiast market. 

To get an A50u into the Al 500 shell 
you have to open the machine, thus 
invalidating your warranty, take the 
motherboard and keyboard out sepa- 
rately, screw them into the system box 
and keyboard housing, then re-mount 
your internal drive on a saddle rnount- 




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with the draw, youl be me proud new 
owner of « machine which a cosmeti- 
cally rather appealing, but which in 
electronic terms a denbeji to the A50Q 
you started with 

Major surgery 

To be fair to the AtMQ suet, it n an 
enthusiast's option, and m design lends 
itself more to an open ended upgrade 
approach. As such it is a ix* lor thaw 
with a definite ana such as uot&ng < r 
a 19in music rack with the aid of a 
mounting kit 

The truth is a Irttle hard to sw-atow. 
however, as the unit still requrfes tfte 
addition of a DUC daughter board. 
with one half length Jot. before further 
hardware can be bofted an. 
Or the overrider bo« with its 
two lull-length slots wrath m 
time of writing ts still not 
available. 

As a straightforward re- 
bo*. Al SOD shelf u a solid 
and Sturdy unit on which 
even the heaviest monitor 
can be plonked without raL 
The system box rj reasonably 
sleek, ii a little rough around 
the edges, and the finished 
effect is of a business-like 



desktop computer. The keyboard is 
possibly the A1500 shell's weakest fea- 
ture. As a simple metal box into which 
the original A500 keyboard construc- 
tion is fitted without farther ceremony, 
it falls far short, of the sort of profes- 
sional quality keyboards we are accus- 
tomed to using on home computers 
these days. It is certainly a pale shadow 
of the separate keyboard on a 
Commodore A2QQ0 or A1 500. 

If you're a big fan of soldering irons, 
and need an Amiga casing which will 
allow you to take a very individual 
Upgrade path, the A1S00 shell is a 
good enthusiast's option. 

If, on the other hand, you are an 
AS00 owner requmng an upgrade box 
which will enable you instantly to 
access peripherals you would not have 
been able to use with the original 
machine, or rf you would rather cross a 
busy road with your eyes dosed than 
go near a screwdnw j or soldering iron, 
tho product is not for you 




Bra 

ic upgrade 

optionTTOW^ whosr ambitions can- 
not be containedwithin the ASOO's 
flimsy plastic case. The first to appear 
was A1500 Limited"! unit, which I'll 
refer to as the Al 500 shell lo avoid con- 
fusion, then Commodore launched a 
very competitively priced A15Q0 bun- 
dle, and now there' i the Bodega Bay 
unit from the States, 
They aN seek to satisfy the upgrader 
-ent ways, to we'll attempt to 
highlight their respective strengths and 
weaknesses in the hope of making your 
choice a little clearer, 



Bodega Bay 

Manufacturer: California Access 

(0101)4011378 0340 

Supplier: ZCL Holdings Ltd, Phone 

Dave Cheetham on 0543 41 481 7 

Price: £299 or £349 with Mallbu 

hard drive controller card 



Whatever the Bodega Bay expansion 
unit is, it is nor beautiful. It is, in fact, a 
hulking great brute of a thing which sits 
on top of your A50Q like a troll Dn a 
rock and frowns over the keyboard at 
you. Not so much an add-on as a 
squat-on. 

In most other respects, the CA-500 ii 
an unusually elegant common-sense 
solution to the problem of upgrading 
the Amiga Quite literally, the California 
Access people have worked out what 
A2000 features were left out of the 
A5O0, put most, of them in a big box, 
and bolted it on to the side of the soo. 



Edge it in 



Users who view their warranty as sacro- 
sanct will be pleased to note that the 
CA-500 doesn't invalidate it. There's no 
need to open the Amiga to fit the unit 
because it simply slots into the edge 
connector on the left-hand side of the 
machine, 

This doesn't mean you'll never have 
to wield a screwdriver, but it does 
mean you'll never have Id take it to the 
Amiga. As the CA-5C0 is complete with 
all expansion slots and forms a separate 
bolt-on unit, you'll only ever have to >■ \ 



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> expose the CA-50-0 to plain view. The 
bask unit, once added to the AS 00, 
comes very close to transforming, your 
Amy Into an A2000. It contains four 
full-size Zorra II 1 00 pin slots, three of 
which are IBM -compatible and there- 
fore capable of accepting a bridge- 
board, and all of which have removable 
slots to the rear of the unit allowing for 
daisy-chained hard drives, 

Handy features 

In addition, the CA-500 has an integral 
200 watt P5U io power all that extra 
hardware and its own cooling fan to 
stave off the onset of meltdown once 
you've packed an 8 Mb ram card, a 
210Mb hard drive, and an accelerator 
card into it, These are not just handy lit- 
tJe features, 

II you're serious about expanding 
your Amiga, you will certainly need a 
meatier power supply because the orig- 
inal A50Q unit becomes uncomfortable 
with anything more than an extra half 
meg and a second Hoppy. And if you 
put peripherals in a confined space 
without a cooling fan you'll soon be 




paying regular 
visits to the 
Guru. 

Another 
neat design 
point is the 
inclusion of an 
AC output 
socket, com- 
plete with 
1 10V-240V 
switch, into 
which your _ 
monitor can w^uwhttftrtor 

be plugged. 

You'll have to fit a three-pin kettle-style 

connector to the monitor instead of a 

standard British plug, but the ability to 

switch your system off and on with a 

single flick is a bonus which makes it 

worthwhile. 



Drive bays 

The basic CA-500 has two tront-loading 
drive bays into which the user can fit 
S.25in floppies or, with an optional kit, 
standard J. Sin drives. There is also a 
separate mounting area for 1.5in hard 



drives, so you 
needn't use 
up a drive 
bay for your 
hard drive- 
Tine hard 
drive bay is a 
blessing as 
far as CA-SQO 
is concerned.^ 
The four 
expansion 
sloti are 
spaced no 
farther apart 
than in the A2000, and as they are 
arranged horizontally, slotting cards in 
and out of them is a good deal trickier. 
A lull height hard drive takes up 
most of the space available, so the abil- 
ity to mount the hard drive separately 
of the controller card without robbing 
the user of a floppy drive bay is a boon 
when space is at a premium. 

The one notable omission is the 
video port, essential if you want to fit a 
flicker fixer or any number of other 
video peripherals. Although it's true 
that the A15D0 shell is also lacking in 



this area, you pay the extra cash for a 
CA-500 because it promises much 
greater instant expandibility, and to 

leave out the video port at a time when 
it is becoming more and more impor- 
tant on the Amiga is a major oversight. 

The CA-500 is, overall, a well built 
and well balanced upgrade system. It 
may be larger than your average dou- 
ble bed, and almost offensively styled, 
but it is still the best option for expan- 
sion opportunities, 

I personally wouldn't pay the £300 
asking price, but there- are no doubt 
many aspiring ASO0 owners who will 
think the four slats, the fan, and the 
PSU worth the outlay, 




Commodore A1500 



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The Commodore A150Q is a cheat - it's 
actually an A20OD with an extra Hoppy 
drive and a different sticker on the sys- 
tem box. As a marketing ploy, bundling 
the machine with a monitor and a 
selection of soil ware and cutting its 
price to below that of the 2000 means 
that A500 owners have an "official" 
upgrade path which is even more 
accessible than the trade-in deal 
Commodore were offering last year. 

To take this path, you'd have to sell 

your A500 and make up the difference, 

but as a 1Mb A500 with software can 

usually be sold for £300 second-hand, 

the cost of an A1500 in cash terms 

drops to a level close to what you'd pay 

for one of the two units we've already 

discussed, As some retailers are offering 

the AlSOO without monitor for £700, 

you'd be paying £1 00 more - assuming 

your A500 went for £500 - for this 

option than for the Bodega Bay CA- 

SOO, and £170 more than for the 

A 1 500 shell. 

What's in the box? 

The excellent software bundle is aimed 
at the home family user, and includes 
The Works! Platinum Edition, which is a 
wo rdproc es sor- spread sheet-d a tabase 

package, and DPaint I" to emphasise 
the productivity side of the Amiga. For 
games players, there is Sim City (with 
terrain editor). Populous (with Promised 
Lands), Their Finest Hour, and Battle 
Chess, so it's a games pack designed to 
appeal to older users - mum and dad - 
as well as the kids. 

Its a poorly disguised A2000, the 



mainstay of the serious Amiga market 
for years, and offers by far the best 
expansion opportunities of all the 
upgrades on test. There are two full and 
three half-size 
slots, a copro- 
cessor slot, a 
video slot, and 
two IBM-com- 
patible slots, 
There's room 
for one 5.2 Sin 
and two 3. Sin 
floppies, 
though the 
3. Sin bays are 
both full on _ 

the Official "w gfiiiat H00 Item Cvmntadorr 

A1SO0, and 

the machine has a built-in 170 watt 

PSU and efficient cooling fan. 

The ATS 00 won't be winning any 
beauty contests. Its case is a throwback 
to when PCs were PCs and to make it in 
a man's world you had to make your 
statement with sheer bulk- The most 
vociferous visual statement you'll hear 
from an A1500 is "I'm a great big fat 
ugly box!" 

The keyboard is 



AlSOO's most ergonorrvie feature 

Unlike the A150Q shell, which has a 
dodgy rehousing lor the A500 key- 
board, or the CA-500, which retains the 
original key- 




board com- 
pletely, the 
Commodore 
A1500 has a 
sleek, sepa- 
rate key- 
board. The 
action of the 
keys is better 
than on the 
A500, if a lit- 
tle chunky for 
some peo- 
ple's tastes, 

and the cable is long enough to enable 

you to use it on your lap. 




Value-fo MTione 

Overall 





Peripherals 

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to use 
many A500 peripherals with the ATSO0. 
Instead of the male edge connector on 

the A500 it has female slots on the 
inside, All peripherals which would nor- 
mally fit in external ports, such as disk 
drives and printers, should work with 
the A1500, but some peripherals have a 
problem due to the changed layout of 
the ports. 

Rombo's Vidi-Amiga for the A500 is 
one which won't fit without the aid of 
an extended ribbon cable because the 
parallel port on the A1 S00 is next to 
the video port and the Vidi-Amiga bo* 
clashes with your monitor cable, 
Problems such as this are rare, but users 



should always check for potential 
incompatibility before shelling out for 
an upgrade 

On the brighter side, the Al 500 will 
accept any and ail A2000 periphery 
and cards. As the standard for serious 
Amiga use until the A30OO lakes over - 
if it ever does! - there are a huge num- 
ber of peripherals available on the 
Al 500/2000 which A50O users can only 
dream of using. For example, I doubt 
very much if, when the Video Toaster 
finally makes its PAL debut, there will 
be an A500 version. 



Conclusion 

The three options are clear 
enough. If you are a member of 
the soldering iron brigade and 
prefer a completely open-ended 
Amiga re-box, you should go for 
the A150Q shelf. The majority of 
ordinary Amiga users, though, 
would be advised to stay well 
clear of it and settle either for a 
CA-500 or go the whole hog and 
flog the A500 in favour of an 
A 1500, 

The final decision w)|f come 
down to cost and the individual 
needs of the upgrader, but if 
asked to plump for one option, 
Id go for selling my A5QQ and 
buying the A 1500, It cost* a bit 
more, but the machine is immea- 
surably better than any number 
of re boxed ASOOs and is solid 
enough to last for years - even if 
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the 7 to 1 4 age group. I found it to be 
a really enjoyable way for young brains 
to be tested. 

The story on which the program is 
based is just as intriguing u playing the 
games. Henrietta and Henry have been 
happily married for a whole two weeks. 
However Henrys inquisitive nature led 
him to Spellatot, where Morgana the 
Morbid lives. 

Henry was. unfortunately turned into 
a fat frog! You have to help Henrietta 
restore him to his former good-looking 
self by completing the five brain-teas- 
ing games- 

At the end of each game you are 
given a letter, Once you have com- 
pleted all five games you have to make 
a word using the letters you tww col- 
lected. You must complete tbe games 
as quickly as you can - there is i high 
score table on which you can haw your 
name displayed if you are on* of the 
fastest, 

After typing in your name you are 
asked what size of words you want to 
try. This means how many letters yoy 
would like your words to consist of. You 
can choose between five and rune let- 
ters. 

Your spell book is now open, display- 
ing the five games which are flash. 
Complete, Crack-it, Hang-up and 
Jumbles, You choose which game you 
would like to play first. Thee* are Owe* 
levels at which each game can be 
played - easy, medium and hard. 

About the games 

FLASH: In this one a word « flashed on 
the screen, You have » few seconds to 
identify or memorise it before it disap- 
pears You then have to type the word 

IF you get it correct Hemy the frog 
will move one place doser to Henratti 
who is standing opposite him. If you 
answer incorrectly the skeleton will 
move one place closer to Morgana who 
is also standing opposite him 

.4 little warning - one of the skele- 
ton's moves is equal to about four of 
yours. If you missed what the word 
flashed was, or need to see how to spel 
it correctly, press Fl for help, 
COMPLETE: The name of the game 
explains this one. You simpty have to 
complete the word that is on the 



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answer incorrectly it's one move to the 
skeleton. If you are stuck and need 
Help, press H and you will be given 
one of the missing letters that are in the 
word, 

CRACK-IT; For this sometimes difficult 
game you have to crack the code to 
find out what the word is. There is a 
clue box which gives you what letters 
should be changed, for example, this is 
what may be in the due box: q=p b=a 
o=n e=d and b=a, The word in the clue 
box is "panda". So after looking at the 



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Clue penalty Determines the penalty (in seconds) to be added each time 
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Sections Chaoses the questions that the program is to ask. 
Record results Switches on or off th* comprehensive results monitoring 
facility, to record students' progress. 
Size of word list You can access two lists, either small (up to 50 words for 
each word size) or large (up to 500 words for each word 
size). This option determines which will be used. 



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alphabet. Sounds complicated, but it's 
OK once you've tried it 

Again, if you answer conectiy, it's a 
move to you, If you answer incorrectly 
the skeleton moves. 

HANG UP: Well we've all played hang- 
man before and that's all there is to this 
game. But as well as getting the word 
before the man is drawn, you have to 
beat Morgana to the top ol the ladders. 
JUMBLE: in this game you have to 
unjumble the letters and make a word. 
If you are right you get to move, but if 
you are wrong that dreaded skeleton 
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VScan verdict 

I thought I would write in to put 

the matter straight regarding J 

Gower's letter in the August A l\ 

issue. Mr Cower complains of not ^f 

having heard from Arthur Hagen, after 

sending in his registration "fee" for VScan 4.98c, 

Firstly, the registration fee was in fact, and still is, a 
donation tp a chiidrens' hospital. None of the money 
ever went into Mr Hagen's pockets. 

Secondly, and" most importantly, Arthur Hagen 
includes the following explanation for his lack of 
response in the latest version of VScan which is 5.06. 

"As my health has failed me, I've spent most of the 
lime since last summer in hospital. This means that I've 
been unable to answer all letters sent to fne regarding 
VScan. I apologise for this, and trust you to forgive me. 

"As I have been unable to answer all fetters request- 
ing registered versions of VScart, I've decided to drop 
the registered version entirely. This means that all 
functions are now accessible from any copy of VScan, 
so no registered copy is now needed I still trust every- 
one who uses this program to send $10 or more, 
which will be forwarded to a hospital for rheumatic 
children here in Norway. 

"Please note that my address has changed, The cor- 
rect address is now.: Arthur Hagen, Skorkeberg A|le 
J3f, N-1440 DROflAK, Norway". 

Dav¥Wind*ra,CIX 

Pleased to put the record straight Dave. J hope that 
everyone who is using VScan lends off their chart- 
tyware donation to Arthur. 

Ripping yarns 

I am writing this letter because of some of the contents 
of your CoverDisk for |une 1991. I am referring to 
those "Superb Samples" in the Samples directory, or 
more precisely, the "Funky Drummer* sample. 

That sample is actually the drum intro to the song 
"I Am Stretched On Your Grave" from Sinead 
O'Connor's album "I Do Not Want What I Haven't 
Got". 

Everyone can have their own opinion about using 
samples from other peoples work in songs (I hate it), 
but Jets keep that debate where it belongs (the 
court77). The thing of concern here is that your maga- 
zine is distributing copyrighted material in the public 
domain. J realize there are a lot of users out there long- 
ing for good samples to use in their musk, but I think 

Customer complaint 

I wonder if you would let me use your letter column to find out If other Amiga owners have experienced from 
Commodore the same tardy standard of customer care that I have. 

My first Amiga developed a fault within one month of purchase and was. replaced without question by the 
retailer - first class service, no complaints. However, | had already registered the purchase with Commodore and 
in due course the registration card for the first computer arrived. Since May, repeated letters to seek confirma- 
tion that the warranty has been txansf erred to the second computer have not been answered. 

In February of this year I joined the "Commodore Registered Users Club" and paid my dues of £1 7.95. To 
date I have not received any communication from this "club* run by Commodore. Again, since May all my let- 
ters to Commodore concerning this club have gone unanswered. 

Are there any Amiga owners out there who are club members and receive their copy of "Command" 
newsletter regularly? Or are there tots of people like me who believe Commodore have an appafling customer 
care service and have ripped them off over the users club? 

R A Young, Bedfordshire. 

It might not seem like It, but Commodore are actually trying harder these days, I think you will find that 
their Amiga warranty service and user club are authorised by Commodore but not actually directly oper- 
ated by them 

If you continue to have problems the best thing to do Is go back to your dealer and ask him to contact 
Commodore on your behalf. I hope it all gets sorted out soon. 




you should make certain that the samples on the disk 
are really public domain. Otherwise, I really like the 
CoverDisk and your magazine, so keep up the good 
work, but keep the public domain public domain. 

Ove Gustavuon, Sweden. 

We couldn't get hold of Sinead to And out her 
views on the matter - she was probably washing 
her hair. 

The debate about sampling does roil on and on, 
as you rightly point out in your letter. One point I 
would make though is that Amiga Computing 
CoverDisks are not public domain, 

PD pleasure 

I would like to take this opportunity to tell everyone 
what a good service Richard Burman runs For those 
who didn't read lul/s issue, Richard has set up his own 
PD company, and will copy software on to your disks 



for a mere 10 pencel (postage included). Two days 
after I had sent a blank disk to him his catalogue disk 
arrived. On it was a list of the 200 or so disks in his 
library, a classified section for advertisements, a con- 
tacts section, three great demos, one amazing game 
and one of the best virus utilities available! 

Secondly I would like to ask if anyone can help me 
to make a backup of my favourite game (Turrican) 
using Action Replay Amiga Mkll. I can save the initial 
load-up using the SA command, but I'm not sure how 
to save the memory loaded up between levels. As I like 
to save my high scores this game is prone to disaster, 
and besides I would like to know more about the way 
the Action Replay Cartridge works. 

PBJtli, London. 

Glad to hear that you are getting good service from 
a small operator, true to the spirit of public 
domain. 

We can't really help out with your Action Replay 
problem. It might be worth remembering that even 
making backups is against the law according to the 
copyright act. Take a look at the piracy feature in 
this Issue. 



Heart of the machine 

What happened to Jolyon Ralph's Assembly Language 
bit? I know you've got Margaret Stanger to do this as 
well as the Code Clinic but when I do assembly lan- 
guage coding I do more than open a window. 

I'm not complaining about what she does but it's a 
bit low tech for people like me who have programmed 
in 68000 for two years and have gone beyond the 
restrictions of the Amiga Operating System. 

What's wrong with a separate section for advanced 
programmers who can swap ideas and things like that? 

Another idea also could be "Best Program Award". 
This could be judged over a three month period or a 
year and the best program used on the CoverDisk gets 
a ggJd star, big tick and a box of jelly babies for the 
programmer! 

This may bring more programs of a higher stan- 



dard, only needing a little more effort in some areas to 
produce the best. 

At last rearing the end, I must say I enjoyed reading 
about DMA in issue 38, and hopefully you have plans 
to talk to other gaming people, 

Duncan Chambers, Tyne and Wear 

If you have been metal bashing for two yews I am 
sure that our Machine Cod* column probably is a 
bit tame for you. "The thing Is, Almanac Is Intended 
lor beginners. 

We have been looking into a productivity soft- 
ware award for a little while now - ever since we 
went to wider pages. Keep watching the magazine 
for some developments In that area. 

I'm glad you enjoyed our DMA Oesign feature. 
There will definitely be more of the same to come - 
Inside Amiga Corner, which launched this month, 

Sound sensation 

I am a regular subscriber lo Amiga Computing through 
my local paper shop in Swindon, so as to your card in 
the back of Amiga Computing August 1991, if I sub- 
scribe I could take my pick of either Sound Sensation 
OF two free games. 

Therefore as I am subscribing to your magazine for 
years to come, what chance have I got to get the 
exclusive personal sound system? 

Colin lackson, Swindon. 

To get your personal sound system all you have to 
do is switch from newsagent order to direct mail- 
order subscription. As an additional benefit, you 
will actually receive the magazine a few days before 
It goes Into the shops. 

Thanks for the memory 

I would like to talk about things in general in "The 
World Of The Amiga". Many things are happening 
that people swiftly pass off but never really under- 
stand! For instance, what is Workbench 2 going to be 
like; why all the fuss about ram and memory? 

First off I would like to qualify the amazing stories 
about internal memory, chip and fast ram and Fatter 
Agnus. 

Inside the Amiga are three custom chips to aid it in 
animation/ram handling, graphics and sprite control, 
and sound/peripherals control. These chips are called 
Agnus, Denise and Paula respectively. These three 
chips make up the PAD that pub the Amiga above the 
ST and the like. 

The Amiga A500 is now the standard Amiga so we'll 



Ezra online 

Ezra Surf can be contacted on a whole host of 
bulletin boards and conferencing systems. If you 
have anything to say, get it off your chest online! 

Amiga Computing now also has Its own 
Fidonet echo which is being carried by BBS sys- 
tems up and down the country. Any Fkfct sysops 
interested in hooking up should contact 01 for 
Amiga to receive this echo. 

Additionally our mail man mth the most, Ezra 
Surf, hangs out on the tolowmg services: 

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use that as an example: inside the A500 there a OS 
megabytes of chip ram. This is the only «nd <rf man- 
Dry that the PAD can use- so it is very prwxvi 

The PAD can block out the CPU from uswg dap 
ram which can drastically reduce the usfumwu of 
the Amiga, so to combat this any expansion am a 
used as fast ram which only the CPU can use Ita 
results in a faster computer overall hi si tie* af-tap 
there should be two times more fast 
ram- 
But if you have a 0.5 megabyte 
then that isn't fast ram. Commodore 
be accessed by the PAD but at a much : 
this reason it is called slow ram. It isn't thp ran Btf 
the PAD stores same vital information then 

The reason that the PAD on only use crt*> ran* * 
easily explained- In an Amiga there ■> fast ram or one 
side and chip ram on the other; in the rniddk? tf*M 4 
the Agnus chip to keep everything settled. The PAD 
only has access to the chip ram side »** tne CM 
straddles them both, To expand the amount of ctap 
ram you must expand the Agnus chip, 

But why do you need more chip ram? Wei. « i 
you to multitask more than one program and » 
graphics faster; but the mast important, reason • ' 
advent of Workbench 2. 

The new Workbench is double the sue of ' 
1 .3, It uses a full 51 2k. It is stored in read on*/ 1 
or com. One law of computing states that a i 
functions best with twice as much ram 
Workbench 1 .3 this was alright, but to i 
2.0 then you're going to have to buy I 




Sealed off 




I have come to a stage with my Amiga 500 that I now 
need extra memory. As I am interested in making 
music, I have a growing range ol samples and it really 
sets me back when I cannot load some of them into 
memory. 

Anyway, to the point, I recently saw an advert for 
ram expansions to fit in the expansion slot on the 
bottom of the Amiga {\.$ meg in my case), and I was 
about to send off for it. But first I phoned up 
Commodore and asked them if it would invalidate 
my warranty. 

They said yes, If you break the seals on the bottom 
of the computer. But the expansion slot on the bot- 
tom of the Amiga doesn't have any seals - or are they 
hidden? The company who suppled the ram expan- 
sion said It doesn't invalidate the warranty, so do 



many other companies Either Commodore or the 
company are wrong or have I got cortfuwd some- 
where along the line? Please help me 

Could you also tell me which Midi s>nth oorfes 
best with Che Amiga, for around £300? I dent want 
to Invest in a lop of the rang* Synth yet as I fust want 
to experiment 

Stuart Green. I 



You will not irrvafidate your warranty by fitting a 
ram expansion in the trapdoor dot. Then n no 
warranty seals. Invisible or otherwise. 

According to our musk maestro, Paul Austin, 
the best option in your price range to loot at Is 
the Roland CM- HI Midi module and a cheap key- 
board like, for example, the Roland PC-200, 



expansion. To provide the punter with more chip ram, 
all new Amiga's come with a Fatter Agnus as standard. 
The manuals don J t mention this, but it's there. 

Most internal ram expansions now have a chip ram 
capability that allows the memory to be used as chip 
ram if you have a Fatter Agnus, You do have to solder 
three wires to the Amiga but it Is very simple. 

The Amiga ASOO comes with 1Mb standard now, 
and a fatter Agnus. Soon someone is going lo solder 
those thfee*fittle wires in the Commodore production 
plant and some lucky people will have more chip ^arn. 
|ust one point: there are three Agnus chip versions. 
Fat Agnus - Old Amigas come with 
this, 0.5 Mb chip ram 
Fatter Agnus - New Amiga A500s 
have this, 1 Mb chip ram 
Fattest Agnus - 1 don't know anyone 
with this but it does exist 2Mb chip 
ram!! I 
So Commodore has just sent the new Workbench 
to be finalized in a mm chip and rumours roam wMd. 
But has anyone considered how much ram rf s going 
Id cake up? 

Workbench 1 .3 knocks off 1 10k out of ram just by 
rumng so you can expect about a third increase in 
tm to* starters. That is until you start adding the 
optional extras such as scalable fonts and hi-res screens 
as standard. I can see it taking up much more than 
I SOL We could be talking up to 30Ok before programs 
ttOTnmng! 

At least we will know If Commodore have done a 

food job! How? Well if all those small programs disap- 

n PD libraries because they've been made 

then we know it's good. But if loads more 

o ^oear.J Roll on Workbench 2.1, or even 3.0f 

QK, ft stop moaning, I love the Amiga to death 

me more, and I'm saving up my pennies for 

i 2, and yes, I have got a ram expansion! 

Mark Reynolds, Shropshire. 

Clad you have got that lot off your chest, 
be in doubt about your views on Amiga 



Uf wane 



ft shouldn't be too long before Workbench 2.1 is 
for the Amiga masses. You are right in 
that Commodore have finally got a version 
■f Kkkmn that they are masking into rom. 

Postal pursuits 

Ow the past few months in your postbag I have seen 
several tetters about ordering goods by telephone. 

To do a bit of comparing, I ordered items from dif- 
ferent companies- (I would have done this anyway as 
fs amazing the differences in price you get if you 
search through a whole Amiga- Computing!) 

The best delivery time was by M|C Supplies of 
Letchworth. I ordered the goods by phone and 
Connect card on Monday morning at about 10am and 
nxxlMd the goods the next day in the post! I ordered 
torn them again and the same happened! 

I have found that the average delivery time is about 
■our to ove working days. 

M«d you * doesn't always run smoothly. I placed a 
smal order with another firm on 6th July as their 
advert States 'Same day despatch". 

1 deckled to ring them this evening (1 5th |ury) and 
they advised me that my goods were still in the 
despatch depot, as some of their staff were on holiday, 
During the conversation 1 mentioned the phrase 
'Same day despatch" flashed on the top half of their 
advert but was Cold that this only applied to orders 
sent by courier, I looked all over the ad but saw no 
mention ol thisf Anyway this hiccup won't put me off 
ordering by phone and card as the mail order compa- 









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* nies offer the best service, the best range of goods and 
the best prices. 

I have also decided to dive into the PD market Act 
looking through the articles and ads in the magazines 
and have been impressed by same of the software that 
I've received and the prices - well what value! 

I've decided now to stick with 1 7-Bit Software as 
they give you a customer number (unique I think) and 
that when I tried to order from a library that describes 
itself as "The fastest, friendliest and most reliable 
library around* I received the lovely reply, "Huh, we're 
not taking any orders now!" 

I would also like to say that I have bought several 
Amiga mags but none are half as good as the content 
of Amiga Computing and the CoverDisk, or have pro- 
duced such a good idea as the Workstation disk. Keep 
up the excellent work! 

Mark Steele, Dorset 

Credit where It Is due on the mail order front. Sorry 
to hear that one of the companies you trusted with 
hard earned cash didn't live up to your expecta- 
tions. 

Any readers who have problems with mall order 
firms who advertise in Amiga Computing should 
write to our very own Roger Cook - Michelle 
Allo-oft The address is on page four of this issue. 

PD libraries do tend to vary enormously In qual- 
ity and service. And 17-Bit are not unique with 
membership numbers, but they were certainly one 
of the first to do it. 

The HakPak 

I enjoy your magazine. I read it when my Dad has fin- 
ished with it. I am writing to ask you if you could pub- 
lish some cheats for New Zealand Story (if any). Also it 
would be convenient it you publish cheats and maps 
for Shadow Dancer. I would be very grateful if you 
could. 

Jonathon Whitefleld, Mil ton Keynes. 

Look out for lots of cheats to come in our brand 
new Comer mini-magazine and the Gamer HakPak 
series which started In this very Issue of Amiga 
Computing. 

CoverDisk cribbing 

I run an Amiga user group which has a public domain 
library for its members. We charge £1 .00 inc. P&P per 
disk. We are always being asked for copies of your old 
CoverDisks. Looking in your latest issue (Aug 91.) you 
only have back issue disks from February 91. I have all 
your CoverDisks (as I always buy Amiga Computing) 
from August 39. 

I would like to formally request permission to pro- 
vide your CoverDisks as public domain to our mem- 



Write away! 

Got something to say through the pages, of 
Amiga Computing ? 

Ezra Surf is our mailman, dedicated lo sil- 
ling in a corner reading your letters jnd 
selecting the most interesting for publication. 

Ezra's favourite letters now get rewarded 
with exclusive Amiga Computing designer T 
shirts. 

Drop him a line at: Ezra Surf's Post bag, 
Amiga Computing, lutapa House, Adltnatan 
Park, Macclesfield SKI Q4NP. 



Back issue blues 




I am. writing to you, hoping that you will be able to 
help me in the matter of obtaining some issues of 
your magazine. 

After buying the September issue "off the shelf", I 
decided to place a regular order with my local 
newsagent. When the October issue arrived, how- 
ever, there was no disk on the cover - the cover had 
been npped where the disk had been removed, This 
was pointed out to the newsagent, who apologised 
and said he would contact the warehouse and 
despatch the disk as soon as possible. 

A few days later, I was told that the warehouse 
required the magazine to be returned and a new 
copy and CoverDisk would be sent out. By this time, 
I'd been billed for the issue I had, so was a little reluc- 
tant to send it back, but I did none the less - after all, 
I was going to get it back... 

I'm still waiting! 

Now I have been told that the current issue (fune 
'91 ) has gone missing. I was then told that as the 
new issues are coming out, I would not be able to get 

bers. The disks format/layout will not be changed in 
any way. The issues are to be from August &9 to 
January 91. 

I am not trying to make any money out of this, but 
your disks are always well put together and it seems a 
shame to deprive new Amiga owners from the excel- 
lent programs you: have provided in the past. Indeed, 
it will show our newer members that your magazine is 
worth buying each month. 

D A Sh reeve, Norwich. 

Thanks for taking the trouble to seek our permis- 
sion before distributing our CoverDisks to the 
masses. 

As you are no doubt aware, our disks are not 
public domain. Some of the programs on the disk 
are PD and shareware, while others are written 
specifically for Amiga Computing. 

We don't really mind our disks appearing in the 
public domain after a suitable period has elapsed. 
The hard and fast rule Is that we won't complain 
about our disks being made "public" as long as 
they art left entirely intact and are only distributed 
six months after they originally appeared sell- 
otaped to the cover of AC. 

Going for a ramble 

I, being a mere stripling of a 21 (soon 22} year old, 
have something Of a history in the computer world. 
(Adopts aged Yorkshire accent, a la Monty Python 
sketch.) 

I can remember when a little black box was all the 
rage, built by Sir Give Sinclair, with a touchpad key- 
board and a staggering Ik of ram. My brother bought 
one of these in a rare fit of woefully short lived techno- 
appreciation, and grew quickly bored of it. Then I got 
hold of it, and the computer "virus" bit me, and i've 
been hooked ever since. 

I can remember thinking how powerful my little 
touch-sensitive micro was, with its 16k ram balanced 
at the back with one part skill and three parts wishful 
thinking. Leaping into a convenient time machine, we 
jump forward, brief flitting images of a Spectrum 
(earth shattering 4Sk and eight colours!} and a C64 
(with two speed disk drive - the speeds being slow 
and stop. Later replaced with three speed - slow, 
slower and stop) we arrive at the present day, and a 
Commodore Amiga 500, 

Getting to the point {finally! I hear you cry, or rather 



hold of the current one and if I saw it, buy it there 
and thenl 

This set me thinking that if they can't get me an 
issue one month old, what hope have I got of receiv- 
ing my issue from last October? 

I hope you witl be able to advise me on this mat- 
ter. I kiyw I can get recent issues from your mail 
order service, but the list provided only goes back a 
few months. Are the previous copies still available? 

Ian, Tyne & Wear. 

Back issues seem to be a real problem I'm afraid, 
The sad fact is we under estimated the popularity 
of the magazine in our windswept youthful days 
and now our back Issue cupboards are fairfy bare. 

Europress Direct always offer back issues for the 
six months preceding the current issue. If you arc- 
looking for anything older you are on your own. 

Early coptes of Amiga Computing are known to 
be changing hands For toe-curling sums of money 
in the Amkgaland underground community. 

I hear you wall dramatically, loosening the noose and 
putting the safety catch back on the .45). My old faith- 
ful Amiga, bought when everyone eageriy awaited £A's 
stunning flight sirn cum blaster, Interceptor, has seen 
some upgrading, all done within the same, now bat- 
tered and stained, case. 

First a 51 2k expansion, then a second drive, a 1084 
monitor, an LC-1 colour printer, and more recently, a 
Kickstart 1 .3 and a 68020 processor with 4 megs of 
luweriy ram. 

I would like to use your pages to extend congratula- 
te ns to all concerned over The Secret Of Monkey 
Island, not only a wildly entertaining adventure and 
the most fun you can have with a computer, but an 
adventure that responds to my sense of logic! I find 
myself cruising through the game, with little to baffle 
me for too long. More, please. 

Sorry for robbing you of much of your letters page, 
but I have a tendency to ramble uncontrollably, much 
like my guru, Jean-Michel Jane, who rambled for 47 
minutes on one track of his last album. Ho hum, bye 
now. 

Paul Kerrigan, Coventry. 

You ramble uncontrollably and I hack and slash let- 
ters With a Similar enthusiasm. Somewhere we 
meet in the middle I guess! 

I had a 2X81, then a Spectrum, then an AS00 
and now a rather beaten up 2000 - and I love them 
all. 

I am sure that US Cold will be delighted that you 
enjoyed Monkey Island. 

Game over? 

Over the past few months I have seen Tanx and 
Rollerpede turn up in PD libraries on a four game col 
lection. Are these the same versions that you had on 
your CoverDisks and are they really PD? 

Jennifer Byrne, London- 
Yes and no respectively. We own Tanx and 
Rollerpede but that hain't stopped PD libraries 
from taking them on. As I have said elsewhere, we 
are not going to get too shirty as long as six 
months passes between the original release and PD 
distribution. 

Where individual programs are taken off our 
disks, the DOC files must clearly state that the soft- 
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MULTIMEDIA 146 

lolyon Ralph pulls the long awaited CDTV to pieces 
to see what makes it tick. Find out what he discovers 

inside. 



DTV 



149 



jason Holborn finds that you don't need expensive 
software for good video titling package. Just use 
Deluxe Paint! 

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MACHINE CODE 

Margaret Stanger dodges an infinite number of 
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If you've been reading about CDTV recently, 
you will know that Commodore are going to 
great pains to convince people that it isn't a 
computer. You may also know that inside the 
black box is something not too dissimilar from the 
Amiga 500 with a compact disc drive bolted on. 

So, with screwdriver in hand, I dismantled my 
CDTV to find out exactly what's Inside it, and I 
discovered a few interesting things. 

The first odd thing about the CDTV is that the 
circuit board is right at the top of the case, with 
the drives, expansion slots and power supply Lak- 
ing up most of the space below it. 

Despite the small size of the unit there is still a 
considerable amount of free space inside the box 
- certainly enough to mount an internal hard 
disk, for example. 

Custom interface 

The general build quality of the machine is good, 
there is a nice, large power supply which can quite 
easily power lots of internal and external peripher- 
als, and a, little fan to keep everything cod. 

The Panasonic CD-ROM mechanism lives 
underneath the circuit board and is not, as many; 
people assumed, a SCSI CD-ROM, but has a cus- 
tom direct interface which was, presumably, 
much cheaper for Commodore to incorporate. It 
has a capacity of about 540Mb (that's the same 
as 700 floppy disksl) 

In standard mode it can transfer at ISJKb/sec, 
which is about average for a CD-ROM drive. The 
much talked -about burst mode which allows 
2Mb/sec data transfer is realty not relevant, as a 
burst transfer only lasts a small fraction of a sec- 
ond, and so the overall data transfer rate is still 
no higher, Under mode 2 transfers of 1 TDKb/sec 
are possible, but to use this the AmigaDGS file 
system must be abandoned and the data read 
directly from disc. 

Also under the board is what looks like a 
miniature J, Sin disk drive. On 
closer examination it reveals itself 
to be a drive for smart ram-cards, 
like those found on some portable 
computers, and on many Midi 
instruments. 



Socket to 'em! 

The cards will come in 8Kb, 64Kb, 
256Kb and 512Kb sizes, and are 
to be used for saving data from 
the CDTV, It appears as a Stan- 
dard Amiga device and can be 
written to just as if it was a floppy 
disk. It doesn't in itself give the 
CDTV any more usable Ram. 

The circuit board is not, as was 
widely mmoured, identical to the 
Amiga 500, It is a totally new 
design, and is a lot more com- 
plex. 

The Amiga 500 has only eight 



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large Its, the CDTV board has 14 large chips. 
Several of the small chips are surface mounted. 

Surface mount technology is relatively new. It 
allows even greater densities of components to 
be placed on a board, but makes repair at the 
best difficult, if not impossible. 

All the major chips are socketed, which makes 
replacement easy, and there are some old friends, 
and some new arrivals among the chips on the 
board. 

The largest chip on the board i% the 68000. It's 
a straight, 8Mr« chip, which is a little disappoint- 
ing. Many people were expecting at least a 



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1 SMhz chip, which costs only a few pounds more 
yet offers a great performance benefit. In the end 
Commodore probably decided to stick with the 
standard 680OQ to make Amiga to CDTV conver- 
sion a relatively easy and hassle-tree process. Easy 
conversions means more software, more software 
means more CDTV sales for Commodore, which 
will benefit all of us in the Long run. 

The Amiga's custom chips are there too; Fatter 
Agnus, Paula, Denise and Gary. The Denise is the 
original old Denise chip, the new ECS Denise chip 
doesn't offer many advantages when displayed 
on a television - which most CDTVs are destined 
to be connected. 

The odd and even CIA chips 
are there, and these control the 
disk drive, mouse port, parallel 
and serial ports. Strangely there 
is only one mousie/joystkk port 
connected to the back of the 
machine. If you want to play 
two-player games then you will 
either need one person using a 
wired joystick and the other 
using the remote control, or 
you will have to wait for 
Commodore's infra-red joystick 
controller, which will control 
two standard joysticks. 

Our old favourite, the 
Kickstart 1.3 rom is on the 
board too. It is a plain, unadul- 
terated (ie the bugs haven't 
been fixed) Kickstart 1 .3 ram. 
Commodore have told develop- 
ers that the CDTV will never 



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support Kickstart 2.0 again, for compatibility with 
present 'titles". 

There are two extra sockets for the CDTVi 
custom roms. These contain the flashy graphic 
sequences and all the code needed to drive 
the CD. 

At the moment there is a small daughter- 
board plugged into these sockets which cams 
two flash roms (or EEPROMS - tieclr*J% 
Erasable Programmable Read Onl 
Memory). In fact, rorti is a bad word 
to describe these, as they are fulry 
reprogrammable under software The 
idea behind this is that il any map* 
problems are found with the CD TV 
operating system, il can tie upgraded 
in editing machines just by rumng t 
floppy disk in in attached d«sk 0>w* La 
production machines will hat* 
replaced by standard rom cNps. 
existing code has been declared 

There are three new custom 
for good measure These 
the ram card drive, the front panrJ 
red receiver. 

The CDTV has 1Mb d chap 
standard, there appears to be no 
the machine's memory to be 
This, from Commodore's po** d * 
thing, as it means that there «* on* t* 
CDTV configuration avaiabte. idw d i wiate* Wt a 
lot easier for "title" developers A C 
called a title. Commodore daanl 
using the word software as they dcr 
COTV thought of a a 





Full motion video 

There is a spare, unlabeled, 

the motherboard which i 

the processor bus, m the l 

bus connector on the A5Q0 Ow 

not documented any**en, i 

this is where the urtdw-i 

Video (FMV) board wl fit ■ 

can only display m 

Commodore's proprietary CDJU. 

displays 1 /4 screen imago it 1 

ond, a little short of the I 

frames a second needed by H<W 

Sony, who produce the f**a) CW 

announced that their machine m* t 

support next year. 

The problem with Fui 
the CD-ROM unit CD *OM a 
transferring data. It's taster than ■ 
but not a lot. A typical I 
transfer somewhere between 
of data per second from the i 
For a CD-ROM the Ira 
ISuKb/see. Now, a fuS-screen compew 
image will take up about 50Kb, so f wSj • 
full-screen video from a CD-ROM you taoutt 
get three frames per second ilinlijul For tme 




FMV 



ful-rnotjon, you need to compress these HAM 
•Mages down from 50Kb to about 6Kb. 
impossible' With a standard CDTV, yes, but with 
some complex and very powerful custom proces- 
sors, video images can be compressed down this 
far and decompressed back in real-time tor dis- 
play with very little loss in picture quality. 

External input 

Turning our attention briefly away from the 
mudes of the machine and to the back d( the 
case we find an assortment of ports which are 
familiar to most Amiga users. 

Standard parallel, serial, monitor, audio and 
disk drive ports are connected. The disk drive 
port is slightly different in that it is wired up so 
that the first external drive is dfO:, the second 
df 1 : and the third df2:. The CDTV can only sup- 
port three floppy drives, rather than the four that 
the Amiga can support, as there is no internal 
noppy drive and the 23 way connector only has 
enough lines to operate three drives. 

Next to these ports are two small mini-din 
connectors for keyboard and mouse. It was very 
disappointing to find that Commodore did not 
put standard joystick/mouse/keyboard connec- 
tors on the CDTV, particularly as apart from the 
shape ol the connectors they are totally standard. 
H yoti have a CDTV and you want a keyboard 
Connected to it, ail you have to do is get an 
Amiga 2000 (or 3000) keyboard and wire up a 
DtN to mini-din converter cable using the follow- 
ing pins: 



Mni-DIN (CDTV) 


DIN (keyboard) 


1 


4 


2 


2 


3 


1 


4 


5 



Underneath these standard ports is the power 
connector, a standard,kettle lead power connec- 
tor and, for the first time in an Amiga-based 

machine, Midi-in and out connectors. Already 
there are Hues like Music Maker which can make 



Plenty at port j fw 
CDTV 'occess&rto' 

(not ptrlpturatsH 



good use of these, With built-in Midi, a 540Mb 
drive and a shape and size that is ideal for work 
on-stage it would not be surprising to see the 
CDTV making quite an impact in the music scene 
over the next couple of years. 

To the right of the Midi ports are the two 
expansion slots. The slots are not very big, the 
connectors look similar to the type of edge con- 
nectors used in Commodore 64 ca rtndge games, 
so there won't be a lot of room for complex cir- 
cuiting on them, The Video slot comes occupied 
with the modulator. The PAL modulator has RF in 
and out (You can plug the CDTV in between your 
video and your TV without having to re-tune 
everything) and a composite video output. The 
NTSC modulator also has super-VHS output, but 
we don't get that yet over here. 

There is an optional Scart connector board 
which gives a kart plug instead of the modula- 
tor. I'd recommend not getting this, but buying a 
cheap Amiga-Start lead instead and using the 
CDTVs 23 way connector, This leaves the CDTV 
modulator intact so you can use il on a nor -Scart 
TV without having to switch boards over. 

Digital Creations in the States, the manu- 
facturers of the highly popular - but MTSC only 
at the moment DCTV 24-bit graphics add-on for 
the Amiga have built an internal version of 
the DCTV (called DCTV CDTV!) which will fit 
into the video slot. This will then give the CDTV 
full 24-bit quality graphics, which will 
befp to narrow the technical gap between 
CDTV and the rival but much more expensive 
CD-I system. 

The other expansion slot, currently empty, is 
for future CDTV add-ons including a 100Mb 
internal hard drive! Don't expect this one tor a 
while though, the current cost of 2.5in 100Mb 
hard drives is as much as the CDTV itselfl No 
doubt there will soon be a vast array of weird and 
wonderful third parly devices to fit into the 
CDTV. Now, can you imagine a home use version 
of the Video Toaster for the CDTV. 



The future for the CDTV is going to be an 
exciting one. Stay tuned..,, 










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It's a 'common misconception that you need 
a titling package to produce titles for your 
videos. Sure, ir/s nice to- have a package that 
will scroll text around the screen at every con- 
ceivable angle, but the fact is thai many profes- 
sional video engineers get on quite nicely with a 
package that is arguably better suited to artists, 

Thai package is none other lhan Electronic 
Arts' Deluxe Paint 3. 

Deluxe Paint is a very capable video titling 
package. It may not have the range of foots that 
Broadcast Title r has to offer, but even then it 
doesn't take much to build up a fairly decent col- 
lection - a quick trip to your local PD library is 
usually all that is needed. 

So why is DPaint such a favourite among video 
producers? The reason is simple enough - despite 
all the bells and whistles thai programs like 
Broadcast Tiller may offer, no other package can 
match DPaint for its shear flexibility. 

I'm lucky enough to own a fair old selection of 
video applications including such industry hard 
hitters as Gold Disk's brand new ShowMaker sys- 
tem, Broadcast Titler 2 and even that old faithful, 
the Big Alternative Scroller. 

You may think that these programs could 
more than handle the job of video titling, but I 
still find myself using DPaint more than any other 
package, 

l recently visited a video post production com- 
pany in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The company's 
studio was decked out to the gills with a full 
range of professional video equipment ranging 
from Sony U-Matic decks and video mixers to 
Chrornakey and time base correctors- 
Sitting in the comer of this power-packed stu- 
dio was the workhorse of the whole system - an 
Amiga 2QO0. Mating the two together was a G2 
Systems' broadcast quality genlock, 

Like most video production companies these 



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days, they too relied almost exclusively on DPaint 
for the vast majority of their work on the Aimga. 

A video titling package was also on hand, but this 
rarely managed to make the pumey from hard 
disk to Amiga memory. This certainly didn't seem 
to be a financial decision - the firm's two Sierra 
Cosworth company cars (one of which 1 took fat 
a spin afterwards!) was more than enough to 
convince me that they were doing very nicely 
thankyou. 

Using DPaint for video titling may create a bit 
of extra work, but the results an usually better. 
Obviously DPaint can't handle scrolling too well 
(although (here are ways around this), but there's 
no better package available for knocking up 
screens for inclusion within your video produc- 
tion. 

As Bong as you have a decent collection of 
fonts, you can produce static screens that cannot 
be matched in terms of quality. And now, with 
the release of Deluxe Paint 4, you can even create 
titles mixed with HAM images. 

I'm currently experimenting with Black Belt's 
24-bit graphics extender HAM-E, mixing its out- 
put with high resolution video titles using Deluxe 
Paint, The results I've managed to obtain so far 
are certainly impressive (well, I like them!). 

Animation 

Being able to mix 24-bit images and high resolu- 
tion colour fonts with a video source is simply 
wonderful, f know one thing for sure - my video 
productions have never looked better. 

DPaint's animation facilities are also a real 
boon to a video enthusiast like myself {especially 
now that it has a true Lighlbox facility). With 
DPaint, anyone can produce titles and graphics 
that tumble and turn through 3D space within a 
matter of minutes. A few years back, such tech- 
nology would have had the BBC green with envy! 
The real power of DPaint lies in its painting 
tools, however, Using DPaint's Smooth tool, it's 
possible to simulate anti-aliasing like that to 
be found within Broadcast Titler 2, there- 
fore giving your titles the illusion of being 
' of a much higher resolution. 

Thii works particularly well on 
monochrome titles {white on black espe- 
\ dally), but it's also possible to get colour 
louts smoothed out 

Using this technique can be tricky, how* 
ever. A good bet is to draw a rectange the 
same size as the wle to be anb-a&ased and 
then pick it up as a brush. Now, with 
smoothing turned on and the freehand 
draw tool selected, place the brush over 
the title and dkk once on the left mouse 
button. DPaint will then anti-alias the 
entire Mock of text underneath the rectan- 



gle. If the results still aren't as smooth as you'd 
like, just repeat the process until you're happy, 

As you probably already know, a good tip to 
make your titles as readable as possible once they 
art laid down onto video tape is to add a border 
around each character. Black is always the 
favouote, but it's worth noting the predominant 
colour of your video source before deciding 
which colour to me for the border. 

You*! notice this technique being used exten- 
sively on tetevqion, so next time you're watching 
the news, keep your eyes open for video titling 
tricks like this. 

Add a border 

You can add a border to your titles very simply 
using DPaint's powerful 'Outline' function. To use 
it, you must first type in the text to be used, then 
pick it up as a brush, select the border colour to 
be used and then select 'Outline' from the pull 
down menus (alternatively, just press 'o' on your 
keyboard). 

DPaint will then add a single pixel border 
around the outline of the brush. If this proves to 
be loo thin (which is ail too common if you're 
using DPaint in high resolution), then just keep 
repeating this process until the border reaches 
the desired thickness. 

You can also create simple strobe effects using 
the Outline tool Simply by changing the Colour to 
be used even/time you add a border to the same 
brush. Used carefully, this can create a quite 
pleasing effect, but it's also very easy to create 
some quite garish effects. Be bold and colourful, 
but don't go over board! 

Thanks to DPaint's powerful brush handling, 
such effects as extruded titles are incredibly easy to 
produce. All you have to do is to pick up the text 
to be extruded, click on the DPaint line tool, posi- 
tion the brush onscreen by pressing the left mouse 
button (and keeping it pressed) and then dragging 
out the brush to create the extrusion effect. 

Obviously the extruded section of the text will 
be the same colour as the face of the text (which 
can make it rather unreadable), but you can get 
around this either by adding a border to the title 
(as described above) or by setting the current 
background colour within the DPaint icon strip to 
a different colour and then dragging the brush 
out again, but this time using the right mouse 
button. 

Deluxe Paint may not seem to be the best tool 
for creating video titles, but if you work at it, 
some quite astounding results can be achieved. 

Indeed, it's possible to produce screens that 
|ust wouldn't be possible within a dedicated 
titling package. You obviously need to have a 
fairly good working knowledge of DPaint, but 
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The throw of a dice, the spin of a wheel, 
or even the selection of a raffle ticket all 
help to give life some of its excitement. 
Using a pseudo random number generator on 
the Amiga shows that some numbers in more 
random than others! 

In some computer languages It is possible to 
enter a range, say, 1 to 10, call up a command, 
and the computer comes up with a random 
number in the range - just like magic. I bated 
hopefully in the Amiga libraries for « random 
number generator, and ended up adapting a rou- 
tine from a book. 

The program on the support disk has random 
number and timer routines in source module 
time.a, and the mam program in source module 
digit. a. Both of these are fully commented . 

Most computers use a pseudo random num- 
ber generator, which gives t series of random 
numbers, starting from an initial number or seed 
Each time, the number is modified by a brt of 
arithmetic so that it will be different next time it 
is used. 

My routine doubles the number each time, 
and EORs it with a Fairly arbitrary constant - it 
could have been more creative. To give a number 
in the correct range, the number is divided by 
the range and the remainder gives the magic 
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We have all seen games where the hero has been 
slowed down when there is a lot of other activity 
on the screen. It is possible to ensure that each 
game cycle takes exactly the same time, whether 
the hero is on his own or surrounded by enemy 
missiles, 

We can set an exact time interval in microsec- 
onds, and only continue with the next game 
cycle when the chosen interval has elapsed, 

The software routines for reading and writing 
the time are not in any of the libraries, but in a 
timer device. The name device suggests hard- 
ware, but it is only a collection of software rou- 
tines like a library. 

When a device is opened, there is an associ- 
ated parameter block. This structure contains «i 
the structures a device may need to handle 
incoming and outgoing messages - the struc- 
tures are nested like Russian dolls. 

The message structure includes a node, iwhsh 
keeps the messages placed in a linked list, a mes- 
sage port for replies, and the length of the me»- 
sage in bytes. The message port in turn has 
its own node, flags, its own signal bit, rti task, 
and a pointer to I he header of the task fast 

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are not required, and most of the values and 
pointers ate null. The 10 request structure 

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numbers will be the same every time the pro- 
gram n run. By reading the time - at the BEGIN- 
NING of the run, before setting the timf r - a 
reasonably unique number of micro seconds can 
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|ason Holborn takes a look at what the PD libraries 
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B 




y its very nature, MIDI has always I 
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involved in. With MIDI inltffKB <M» 

ing £25 and even fairly basic jynthesoen o 

upwards of £ 500, you've got to h*ve a tajrt 

friendly bank manager to even get : 

you've bought, all that kit, you sol haw 

some decent software. 

Thankfully, though, getting togetto • < 

collection of MIDI software needn't 

and a leg. Thanks to the miracle a 

domain, there's a wealth or MCN applufta* 

there just waiting to be used McnTt im 

of a few PD MIDI utilities that i I 

with your local PD supplier tef I 

MIDI LIBRARY (Fish *227)-iy« 

as something of a mean coder, i 

library tould well be what yOU<* I 

for, Writing MIDI appl>ca*jo« * 

be a frustrating task, but the I 

much of the work away, km«q 

trate on your application. 
The library contains ewy *a*m * 

need to write MIDI apokeafco 

to get your hands dirty w*h al to *>■ ** 

gritty. Whether you're codMg 

Modula-2 or even assembler *» Ml 

be directly accessed lie my a#» 

Prog rammers should thee*. * 

ROLAND S22Q (Fish *I2S) 

rather naff little sampler i 

S220 (great name, eh!) i 

transmit sample dumps is 

and the S220 via a MO m 





* an editor, though - it's really nothing 
«OT tnan a Biranan . 

DUO (Fish B22S) ■ Sound cards for 
super IrtrJe LA synth are jolly expensive (I 
t, I used to own onef), so this pro- 
as a real godsend, Put simply, this 
nil allow you to transmit and receive 
lata from the Roland and store the result- 
■ on standard Amiga disks (which are con- 
cheaper than ROM cards!). 
TOOLS (Fish #15?) - Someone may find 
oteciion of took useful It's baskaliy a col- 
i of miscellaneous MIDI utilities to cany out 
i Oslo as creating MIDI echo (which is handy 
you don't own an effects unit), storing System 
fjuiluiiv* data (Sysfo data) and there's even a 
neat Nttie on-screen keyboard which allows you 
to play notes on your MIDI keyboard by clicking 
«wt*\ the mouse on the onscreen keys. 
DX-SYNTH (Fish #E2) - Yet another patch librar- 
ian, but this tim« it's for the Yamaha DX range of 
tynthi (DX7, 21, 1Q0 etc). |ust like the Roland 
QUO program, DK- Synth allows you to store 
patch data on inexpensive Amiga disks. 
PANL (Fish #82) - I couldn't quite get this to 
*wfc too well, so buy it at your peril. It claims to 
be a universal MIDI parameter controller, but I 
certainly couldn't get it to work beyond a few 
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though, you may well find it to be a real gem of a 
program 

SAMPLEWRENCH (Fish #307) - Owners of 12 
and 16-bit samplers will flip at this goodie. It's 
not quite a fully working program, but instead it's 



Octamed Upgraded 




It's only been avatatte tor a 
ma|or upgrade to**' 
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As you can see from e» 
2 is score editing, •* 
have to type in al 
using those funny 
Joking aside, this •< 
alone should make ci 
ing tunes on the Anagt « 
much easier tor 
among you not fam*ar ■«• 
Bar and MIDI streamed* 

I'll be bringing you a Ml 
review of OctaMed vtnaan 2 
in the next issue of Af*pa 
Computing (hopefuijrfX 
stay tuned for that one (i 
pun intended). Mean**!*, 
give Ray at AmigaNuO a aM 
to find out more. 





i, but already Teijo Kinnunen has come up with a 
jwayain Like its earter cousin, you can buy it From 
a* pot £10 

■ page, the major new addition to OctaMed version 

with traditionalist muses, No bnger do you 

ju can now enter performance data 

arart and Bach seemed to get on with so well. 

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a demo of a commercial product from, the US- 
based company Dissidents, I had a play with the 
full program a few months back and was thor- 
oughly impressed, so this demo is definitely 

worth getting hold of. 

Sample Wrench is designed to allow owners of 
MIDI samplers that support the MIDI sample 
dump standard to edit and store 1 1 and 1 6-bit 
samples on the Amiga. Just like AodioM aster III, 
Sample Wrench displays your samples in graphi- 
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your heart's content. 

One very nice feature of the Sample Wrench 
program is that it allows you to preview your 
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dumf back is Die sampler As wf all know, MID! 
can be terribly slow at times. So this feature is a 




iompltWrrnth: ihtwtitghty Imprtivrr dm™ 

real time saver. Obviously the sound quality 
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nice feature none the less. 

It offers powerful Fast Fourier Transformation, 
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CI EDITOR (Fish #12 1) - Here's a real demon- 
stration of the quality and value for money of PD 
software. Patch editors cost around £100, but 
this one can be yours for the price of a disk- 
As the name suggests, the CZ Editor is a com- 
plete patch editor for the Casio CZ range of syn- 
thesisers including the CM 01, CZ10QQ, 2000 
and 3000. Like all good patch editors, CZ Editor 
can display your CZ synth patches in graphical 
form, allowing you to alter parameters by point- 
ing and clicking on gadgets and dragging out 
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Release) graph. If you've got a CZ synth, then 
you'd be a fool to miss out on this one. 
K1 EDITOR (fish #312) - Casio owners aren't 
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libraries. If you're the proud owner of a Kawaii Kl 
(or Kim) synth, then Fish disk #332 should be at 
the top of your shopping list. 

Once again, the Kl editor offers everything 
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Jean Michel Jarre green with envy. The package 
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and another for single voices. A separate voice 
filer program allows you to maintain a number of 
synth banks without ever having to look at your 
Kawaii's eye-straining LCD ship. Check it out 







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Beware of imitations 

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Eddie McKendrick runs through the various ways 
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Mieronet monthly 



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Pacman in AMOS SO tune m tm 

There are two proyams am 
squishes your sprites, f i tea% i 
you do is type it in, fun 
SPRITtVBOB file trial you -art 
huh? The program i 
memory and tell you 
the bank. 

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to allow for your BOt» - 
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three numbers. Us- 
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Right, the next step \i to type in the second 
program. Actually it is a single procedure. All you 
do to unsquish your sprite bank is type the name 
of the procedure followed by four parameters (if 
you are unsure about procedures and parameters 
check your AMOS manual) which are the name of 
the file proceeded by the four numbers which 
were printed onto the screen when you squished 
the SPRtTE/BOB bank. 

The unsqubhing procedure will then go away 
and load up your squished bank, unpack them and 
then clear all of the cluttered memory! Oops, I 
almost forgot - there is an error checking proce- 
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There are various ways of handling input 
and output characters with Intuition. To 
gain control of the situation I opened a 
console port to help me write the start of a 
noddy text editor. 

i wanted to use RAWKEY events, to give me 
more information about the keypress - if; always 
nice to know when a function key or cursor key 
has been pressed. 

Setting up a console device seemed to be the 
obvious solution. This device would take care of 
the input and output, and allow the the running 
program to wait for the result or do it! own 
thing. 

The device is opened using the OpenDevicefl 
function, passing a pointer to the device name 
and one to the I/O structure, Unlike other 
devices, the console device must be used in con- 
nection with a window. 

A screen and window must be opened first, 
and the pointer to this window structure is 
passed when the console device is opened. 
Normally there would be two I/O structures - 
one for reading, and one for writing. 

In and out the windows 

I also wanted more control of the output than 
the console device would give me. I found that 
proportional fonts were not handled very well, 
and I wanted the option of a fancy cursor, 
unusual scroll or even occasional graphics 

I still wanted the keycodes for any letters con- 
verted for me without the hassle of a lookup 
table. This would handle any translation from for- 
eign keyboards, as long as the correct keymap 
was in place. I set up a dummy console port for 
reading only, to enable me to use the 
HawKeyConvenQ command; 

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trr*r*0; 

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MGUSEBUTTON and RAWK£¥ ever.' 

reply to the message straight away after a 

HAWKEY event « I would need the information 
later; 

Instant conversion 

The key handler uses the RawKeyConvertO com- 
mand to read the key code, and put the cquw 
lent Aseii code or escape sequence into a chosen. 
buffer. If a key code is less thin 64, the Asc» 
equivalent is returned. 

Some of the other keys generate escape 
sequences of up to four characters, the tatott 
below shows some of them. 

The function takes data from an lnput£vent, as 
desenbed in the include header files, 
one of these structures in my header fie, . 
its Class to RAWKEY: 



ititli ttnet InputE»*ni feitatH 
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Values from the Intui Message are put *tio the 
structure before the routine is called. Other nputj 

include a pointer to a buffer to hold the data, mi 
the size ol the buffer - ten characters a o» e r« u t 
The length of the output suing is returnee 



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The key handler could find the length of 
verted sequence and hand 
Letters could be dapbyed, rdkng »r*i 
and function keys could generate a 
amount of creativity. 

I his simple key hnfer a ongned i 
the text in the default torn, and pet the 
input into an array. Senptt edtnj a 
some keys have not been handed The array only 
has 20 lines of 40 characters, a» onscreen at 
once, so there u no soofcng 

This is only the begtnr wng s of a text editor 
The key handler is as loNows 

in i)«auiatitrti 

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mate wtridow program has a source file, 
comet* c and a beads' fie console, h, on the sup- 
port dbflL lh» oteect program opens a. screen and 
mtk*m and hanoles keyboard input until Escape 
or a mouse button is pressed. Letters are dis- 
played, the colour changes with the function 
keys, and simple editing is allowed. 



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corrections, whereas he who quotes low could 
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many pages. 

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'serf-cover 1 publication); how you want it stapled 
or bound; and what you will give the printer (an 
Amiga disk - inadvisablel - laserprint, bromide 
paper or film, with or without pictures).. 

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tives in imposed order' are, and how much they 
affect the quote. 

That's sort of answered the third question, as 
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that his job is to put ink on paper, and he may 
not understand what you're trying to achieve cre- 
atively, so it's best that he not be left to make any 
decisions other than the purely technical ones. 

Finally, a caution. You will encounter some 
printers who distrust DTP (whether it's a distrust 
born of envy we'll leave the psychiatrists to 
decide). 

Don't go near them - they might be wonder- 
ful craftsmen, but you can bet that if anything 
goes wrong with the job it's your DTP system 
that will be blamed. And that's a real cheek when 
we all know that the Amiga is perfect... isn't it? 



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To start off this month let's take 
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Scum Haters: from Amiga nuts 
has been written using the Shoot-'Em- 
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should let you know what's in store for 
you. 

The basic scenario is that the streets 
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China Challenge - Scope 109: This 
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Shanghai surprise 

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is to remove them all before you run 
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The game is very relaxing and the 
graphics are fairly detailed. This is a 
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Black |ack Tutor fit Solitaire - 
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didn't exactly wort, very well. 

¥ou can rest assured that this version 
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Zap that virus 

Virus killers are widespread nowadays. 
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to make sure, 

Bug Bash: This is one of the latest 
offerings Irom Amiganuts, The name is 
similar to a budget game that was 
released a while back but I haven't seen 
it so I don't know whether it is the 
same or not. 

Great graphics 

The graphics are very bright arid 
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laid, good graphics and a very profes- 
sional looking piece of software. 

Cross Words: If blasting aliens isn't 
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offering from those crazy Amiganuts. 

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Remember the general rule, no matter 
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MessyDos 

First up is the long awaited working 
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basically it's exactly identical to SID - in 



fact it is SID. The main difference in this 
version is that MessyDos will read PC 
disks 

So if you handk a lot of PC disks in 
your Amiga work and you don't like 
using CrossPos or any utilities like that 
then MessyDos is for you. One very 
useful feature I found is that by clicking 
on the Shrink command you can have 
SID installed on your workbench screen 
so that just by clicking on its bar at the 
top of the screen you can call it up any- 
time _ ah,, the true wonders of multi 
tasking. 

say that MessyDos is long awaited, 
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Scope 

Softville have just started a collection of 
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Called simply Scope, each month 
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cute games to mess around with. Let's 
take a look through a couple of these 
new disks to see what they are all 
about. 

Scope 121 for example has a stock 
market management program that will 
handle all sorts of stocks and shares and 
perform analysis on them. It has loads 
of features and may well be of use to 
you if you have taken part in any of the 
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Even if you can't get anything to run 
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year on your screen. This u obviously 
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planning you may want ta do, 

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a machine language momlof • 
debugging programs. Tho 0O**i 
extremely techy buffs only 

Fred Fish 

The latest Fred Fish offenng 
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just good, honest usetes «•■ 
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PC side of an Amiga fiOHl « 
bridgeboard to the Amgi a 
wildcards. 

Now is that useful sr «*"**' 
might be if you had at 
with a PC-AT t 

Then it has a 
the design of, and 
networks (whane • 
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the remaining equity in a company that the other piayer 
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frustration. If you prefer it, the computer can control the 

opposition. 

This game may seem strange at first but when you have 
read the document file it all makes sense. It is an in-depth 
game so it is just as well there is 
a save game feature in then?. 

There's plenty of room to save 
games out on the same disk that 
it comes on, although I would 
suggest copying the game off 
onto a spare disk. 

I'd recommend this game to 
anyone who feels they could 
handle a hard night's share dear, 
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have a lot of fun. A couple of problems 

with it is that it runs about eight times 
slower than the Spectrum (is that possi- 
ble?), also the sound commands didn't 
seem to work and the use of colour had 
some adverse effects. 

Still it does take you back to the 
old days of computing. I just can't 
figure out why anyone would want to 
do this on the Amiga, and what on 
Earth made someone actually write the 
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Virtual Worlds 

First up on the demo front this month 
is Virtual Worlds, It starts off with the 
very nice, but very boring, rotating ID 
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before. 

Mind you, after the boring bit there 
is a nice routine in 3D with a rotating 
plane flying around leaving the credits 
trailing behind it Then it's on to a rou- 
tine with one of the biggest 3D flying 
objects yet seen in any demo, simple 
yet devastating^ effective. 

Following this there's a quick blast 
from the Virtual Worlds band. Again in 
3D, the Poi Poi (I think that Is what they 
are called) float around before settling 
down to play. 

Then come! .the second part of the 
demo, and the part that sets it aside 
from the rest. The year is 201 9 and you 
are a special agent who has just 
returned from a failed mission on Mars. 
Your superiors are not' very pleased with 
yau and are sending you away on a 
simple mission that even yau couldn't 
get wrong, 

This is not a game, but a 3D visual 
experience. Look in awe as your craft 
leaves its hangar on its home planet 
and lifts off into the iky. It moves 
through space with a fleet of support 
craft before coming to the target planet 
where it navigates an asteroid belt- 
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into the water. The shuttle moves 
around looking at the various species 
that are living there. All this is shown in 
glorious 3D and, like the Phenomena 
demo before it, shows exactly what the 
Amiga can do - a visual treat well 
worth looking at. 

The Simpsons by Decay: AJright, I 
know this isn't exactly new but it is so 
cool that it is well worth a mention In 
use you missed it first time round. It 
starts off with a pretty amazing advert 
for Coke, Then it launches into a great 
sample of The Bartman, that famous 
song that topped the charts not so long 
ago. 

Great shape 

There are some brilliant scenes from the 
Simpsons series. If you are even 
remotely sane then you simply must go 
for this demo. 

Ice Demo by Silents: After some 
neat credit screens there are the obliga- 
tory rotating 3D shapes, hut this time, 



to be a little different, they are rotat- 
ing over some wonderful static fantasy 
screens - great stuff, 

Then the Stents take on Psygnosis 
at their own game, parallax scrolling a 
la Shadow of the Beast with the Ice 
shapes floating in the background 
along to some wonderfully atmospheric 
music, 

More weird 3D rotating stuff follows 
- not exactly original but it is quite 
good. The demo ends up with some 
absolutely huge shapes rotating all over 
the place, with the mouse controlling 
the speed. The shapes include some 
familiar ones, like a Nintendo Game 
Boy for example. 

System Violation: Introduced by 
some nice soothing music and rotating 
titles comes the new demo from anar- 
chy- The action (rf you can call it that) 
hicks off with some lovely routines with 
swirling dob and balls, all very nice to 
look at but it all boils down to, what's 
the point? 

This is one of those demos that is 



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spoiled by one thing - they seem to be 
obsessed with mentioning everybody 
on the entire planet somewhere on the 
disk, all very nice but very boring. 

One of the stars of Lemmings nar- 
rowly misses being crushed by an 
avalanche of 3D spheres somewhere on 
the disk among all the credits and 
acknowledgments. 

Invisible Worid demo: This wins the 
award for the daftest siideshow ever. 
You must have seen those pictures 



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normally invisible to the naked eye 
about 300 times to make it look like 
some terrifying monster-type thingy. 

Well now there is a disk crammed 
full of the damned things. As if that 
wasn't enough there is also a section 
that has pictur.es that have been freeze 
framed, like a bullet going through a 
banana and things like that. 

In fact bullets passing through 
objects feature quite heavily in this part 
of the demo. Co for this - it looks 
strange but fun. 

After seeing a bed bug at 300 times 
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source. The traditional method of holding three 
colour filters in front of your video camera is certainly 
a thing of the past, Because Vidi splits the RGB 
colours electronically there are no focussing or 
movement problems experienced by some of our 
slower competitors- Lighting is also less of an issue 
as light is not being shut out by lens filters Put all 
this together with an already proven Vidi- 
Amiga/VidiGhrome combination and achieve what 
is probably the most consistant and accurate high 
quality 4096 colour images ever seen on the Amiga. 

The colour solution is fully compatible with all 
Amiga's from a standard ASOOto the ultimate A3000. 
No additional RAM is required to get up and running. 

You will see from independant review 
comments that we are undoubtedly their first choice 
and that was before the complete solution was 
launched, I! you have just purchased your Amiga 
and are not sure what to buy next, then just read 
the comments or send for full review and demo disk. 



• Grab mono images from any video 
source 

• Capture colour images from any still 
video source. 

• Digitise up to 16 mono frames on a 
1 meg Amiga. 

• Animate 16 shadB Images at different 
speeds. 

• Create windows in both, mono & colour. 

• Cut 4 Paste areas from one frame lo 
another.. 

• Hardware and software brightness & 
contrast control. 

• Choice Of capture resolutions standard 
& Dynamic Interlace. 

• Full Palette control , 

• Add text or draw within art package. 



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